Last Updated on January 9, 2021 by David Vause
Found this quote during the George W. administration and put it on my quotes page. But after I lost the site, could never find the quote authoritatively referenced. Finally have again:
“Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, 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. 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.”
This is a favorite quote for me because if its timelessness. I have seen it used repeatedly in my own lifetime.