"Why, of course the people don't want war. 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 pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
--Hermann Goering, quoted in Nuremberg Diary.
How fearful it is that this seems to describe what is happening in our country today. 9/11 just made it that much easier to sell the war.
Contrast the above with this quote:
"I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war." --Albert Einstein, interview with G.S. Viereck.
Peace starts with each one of us doing our part. How are you doing with yours?