quarta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2007

Sobre a Guerra em qualquer regime

- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials:

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's 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, 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 greater danger."

- Júlio César (esta citação é dada como falsa, mas que importa, sendo falsa é verdadeira, principalmente descreve o próprio processo pelo qual Júlio César se tornou "ditador permanente" - em vez dos habituais 6 meses previstos como medida excepcional na república - e fundador do Império, e ainda hoje glorificado na história, enquanto Brutus e os outros assassinos caracterizados como pobres personagens trágicas e patéticas...):

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

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