Goering Speaks On Current Events

Why of course the people don’t want war… That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship… the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders… 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 greater danger.

–Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarshal and Luftwaffe chief at Nuremberg trials, 1945