[David O. McKay Office Journal]
[After courtesy meeting with Wilber M. Brucker, Secretary of the Army:] "I later remarked to the Brethren that I do not see any indication on the part of the Communists that they are modifying the original thought of Marx-- that the only way is destruction of capitalism, then they can build their hope for a millennium of Communism. In the present attempt, the same determination is shown to hold to that original thought; that for three days now the big powers have been in session, and have accomplished not a thing in their attempt at unification. Referring to present conditions and Communism, I said I thought it did not look very hopeful for peace. The Communists are getting stronger and stronger, and when they feel they are prepared to strike, I think they will strike. I do not like to express this thought, but that is my feeling. I hope that the nations will accomplish something in their present conferences in Geneva, but thus far they seem not to have accomplished much of anything. Let us hope and pray that they will show a spirit of yielding, but so far they have held to that abominable, demoniacal ideal, (atheist in the extreme) of Marx, who let his own wife and his children starve to death. It is the most atheistic, diabolical spirit of the devil that we have ever had in the world, and we are going to suffer from it."
[McKay, David O., Office Journal]