Thursday, October 26, 2006

If You Don't Learn From History

Quote of the day.

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine 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 anger. It works the same in any country.

- Hermann Wilhelm Göring

3 comments:

Charlie Barnard said...

Yes it still rings true even today.

Mike said...

That could easily have been said by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Harper or O'Connor, no?

Great minds think alike...

Jim said...

I'm disappointed that nobody has accused me of appeasing evildoers yet. :)