Thursday, July 31, 2008

From the Books: On Leadership and War

" 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."

- Herman Goering -
Nazi Luftwaffe Commander

Mr. Bush might have more in common with Mr. Goering than he thinks...

I've been thinking a lot about pacifism and if it is a view that can actually be held in today's climate. I always thought that if Canada were directly attacked I would be willing to fight to protect the freedoms I have here. And yet that argument hinges on war being able to create peace... is that simply the reality of it or a feeble solution we have come to terms with?

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Yes, Mr. Bush does have a lot in common with Mr.Goering. But as we all know, war has less to do with peace than it does with money. Any pacifist president or president hopeful was quickly "put out of business" so to speak.