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Armchair Anarchism

Manufacturing Consent - Two Years Too Many

We just passed the 2nd anniversary of stay in Iraq,
and I thought I may as well dredge up an old report.

While in custody during the Nuremberg trials, Nazi
war criminal Hermann Goerring was interviewed by
a psychologist named Dr.Gustave Gilbert, as recounted
in the new book "Weapons of Mass Deception" by
Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber of the Center
for Media and Democracy.

"Of course, the people don't want war," Goerring said.
"Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his
life in a war when the best 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 under-
stood. After all, it is the leaders of the country who
determine the policy and it always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether it isa democracy or a
Fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist
dictatorship," Goerring said.

Gilbert responded: "There's one difference. In a
democracy, the people havesome say in the matter
through their elected representatives. And in the
United States only Congress can declare wars."
Spoken like a true believer.

You can almost hear the snicker in Goerring's retort.
"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 theyare being attacked and denounce the
pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any country."
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