Pubdate: Fri, 02 Jan 2004
Source: East Valley Tribune (AZ)
Copyright: 2004 East Valley Tribune.
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about your editorial: "THEY STOOD OUT: President Bush's
resolve makes him the true 'Person of the Year'" (Dec. 31).

I believe the following quote from Hermann Goering applies to our
recent war in Iraq and our war on drugs. Yes, we were attacked on
9/11/01.  But not by Iraq.

Attacking Iraq because of 9/11 is about like attacking China after
Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor.

"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 come 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 tell them they are
being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- - Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946, while awaiting the Nuremberg trials.

Kirk Muse,

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