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same shit, different war

"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 at the Nuremberg trials, 1946


yeah. pretty nasty thought. i also saw this quote here.

"Older men declare war. But it's the youth who must fight and die." Herbert Hoover

Solution to prevent war: Limit the armed forces to people over 40. A troop of middle aged wouldn't have the stamina for hard beds, bad food, cramped quarters and strenuous exertion. If the troops were middle aged, war would be over for good. The idea for over 40 troops is a winner. Their uniforms would be competing shades of gray and they'd be far too busy debating the equities of their respective positions to get around to killing each other. Op. Ed. Chicago Tribune