Thursday, March 22, 2007

we are sooo stupid...
no, really, we are

Len at the Existential Cowboy is back, after a long hiatus, and back with a vengence. I'm back too, but I'm not feeling even a little bit edgy, so I'm going to steal a bit of Len's thunder for my own:
We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that 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 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."

"There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, 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 way in any country."


--Gustave Gilbert, Nuremberg Diary, interviewing Hermann Goering
Hey George, tell me again that this war is justified. Hell, fuck George, I want to hear it from everyone still left in congress who rubberstamped Dubya's agenda. Why are we in Iraq?

4 comments:

United We Lay said...

Holy Shit. I was talking to my husband the other night and we were trying to figure out why it is that we see the truth and others don't. Why is it that we ask questions when others don't feel the need? Is it cynicism? Is it intelligence? Why don't more Americans see what's going on here?

rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

we are there because there are far fewer jews there.

Len Hart said...

Thanks for the mention and link back, Dave. Indeed, I am back...and there is more to come. The "Cowboy" will continue to sound the theme that Bush's war against the people of Iraq is not only an international war crime, it is a capital crime under US Criminal Codes.

United We Lay said...

We're there because that's where the oil is.