Saturday, March 26, 2005

War and Psychology

Something Libertarians and Objectivists tend to ignore is the simple psychology behind "idolized" politicians and the people. As even Göring did assess during his trials in Nürnberg:

“Why, of course, the *people* don’t want war,” Göring 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 only one problem in it. In democracies, the people have a certain degree, depending of the shape of democracy, in whether they want a war or not (either through electing of represenstatives or a Plebiscit). There is the rest of it:

“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.”

And this comes from one of the major participants in the NAZI movement (Hermann Göring, Reichsfeldmarschall der Luftwaffe, had been very close to Hitler). It is given that the NAZI were masters in deluding their people and more so in creating a state that is working with and by one "supernatural" Fuehrer. And all their strategies can be applied less or more to the War on Iraq. Bush had said the US is under attack, he has given false evidence and his companions have assaulted the pacificst vehemently.
Even in his final assessment, Göring was right, it works in every country...


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