A bear by name, not by nature

Víkingur 100 ára

donderdag, februari 27, 2003

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to c ome back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or 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 to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
- Nazi Commander Hermann Göring, Luftwaffe Commander, Nuremberg Trials 1946
from "Nuremberg Diary" by G M Gilbert (Signet, New York, 1947)

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