A dear friend from south London sent me this quote today:
"Of course the people don't want war....that is understood. But, after all, it is 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 danger. It works the same in any country."
My first thought was that it sounded very much like one of those rare off-the-record alcohol-induced candid remark made in a Westminster boozer at closing time by some politician, maybe only last night (after all, the guy that sent it to me is a journalist)...then I read on to find out that it was uttered by Hermann Goering.
The bitter taste of those words made me wonder if those who rule believe the can always whistle the same tune, and if (wo)mankind can, in reply, sing back a totally new song?