23 August 2005

Stepping Stones to War

photo credit: Jewish Virtual Library

As our duplicitous leaders of this planet march us a stepping stone at a time towards WW III (and they said the last one was the war to end all wars), this quote from Herman Goering stands as a warning to us all at this critical juncture in time.

"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." - Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials.

These comments were made privately to Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist who was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg jail. Gilbert kept a journal of his observations of the proceedings and his conversations with the prisoners, which he later published in the book Nuremberg Diary. The quote above was part of a conversation Gilbert held with Hermann Goering in his cell on the evening of 18 April 1946.

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