"Why, of course, the people don't want war."
"Naturally, the common people don't want war.... 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."
"Oh, that is all well and good, but, 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 danger. It works the same way in any country."
Do these words sound familiar? They should. They were spoken by Hermann Goering. They largely reflected the attitudes of the Nazi leadership. So, why is our government using them as a blueprint? With Bush and even with Obama, we are continually told that we are being "attacked." Anyone who questions the official propaganda is accused of lacking patriotism. Well, I, for one, do not want a "glorious fourth reich."