Do you know who said this in 1946?
“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 danger. It works the same in any country.”
Does this sound familar? Think back to the lead up to the Iraq War. Anyone who had the audacity to question the wisdom of going into Iraq before we had finished the job in Afghanistan was savagely attacked, their patriotism called into question. Now look where we are.
The quote is from Herman Goering.