Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A Scary Quote

I ran across this one today, and thought it was very scary, considering a lot of stuff I see, hear, and read today:

Of course the people don't want war...But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.
--Hermann Goering

I'm not an anti-war activist or anything, because sometimes I feel that it is justified. But I do feel extremely manipulated. And that's not past tense, either, it is still going on today. I guess that collectively, we've learned very little over the years.


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