Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. 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.
Gilbert: There is one difference. 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.
Göring: 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.
Parts of an interview with Herman Göring after the war. Göring was one of the smarter Nazi’s but that didn’t withhold him from initiating the “endlösung”, the systematic killing of Jews, gipsy’s gay’s and others deemed unwanted. It is a complicated figure and I’m not finished trying to figure him out.
Studying the politics of the second world war is important because everything was so amplified in thet period. You only have to look at the holocaust where the Germans held a matriculate record of everything, nothing secret or muddled away but clear to see for everyone. The English and Americans have also killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in their bombings and you don’t here so much about that anymore. It would have been another thing if they had lined up a million German citizens and shot them one by one. Casualties of war are forgotten.
It is clear that the Nazi’s were wrong, it’s recorded, and it is clear that neo-Nazi’s have no legitimacy anymore. I can go on and on about what is happening now in the world and specifically in America but… it’s late now and it makes me really sad. it’s to stupid.
Let me finish with the music that is now playing in my room:
A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern on the wind, ya’ see
’Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change
Man in the mirror