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von Mises Institute: Why They Hate Peace by Ron Paul 5-17-14

[Editor’s Note: This is a selection from the last chapter of Ron Paul’s A Foreign Policy of Freedom.]
http://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Policy-Freedom-Ron-Paul-ebook/...

The most succinct statement about how governments get their people to support war came from Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials after World War II:

"Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best 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 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. Voice or no voice, 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 peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." - Goering

It is rather frightening that a convicted Nazi war criminal latched onto an eternal truth!

It should be harder to promote war, especially when there are so many regrets in the end. In the last 60 years, the American people have had little say over decisions to wage war. We have allowed a succession of presidents and the United Nations to decide when and if we go to war, without an express congressional declaration as the Constitution mandates.
Continued at:
http://mises.org/daily/6755/Why-They-Hate-Peace
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-18/ron-paul-explains-w...



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Debbie's picture

Fantastic article!

Thank you, Steve!

Debbie

It's hard not to agree with Ron Paul on the issue of war...

among countless other topics.

I particularly enjoyed this part of the article:

First, all military (and covert paramilitary) personnel worldwide must refuse to initiate offensive wars beyond their borders. This must become a matter of personal honor for every individual. Switzerland is an example of a nation that stands strongly prepared to defend herself, yet refuses to send troops abroad looking for trouble.

Second, the true nature of war must be laid bare, and the glorification must end. Instead of promoting war heroes with parades and medals for wars not fought in the true defense of our country, we should more honestly contemplate the real results of war: death, destruction, horrible wounds, civilian casualties, economic costs, and the loss of liberty at home.

The neoconservative belief that war is inherently patriotic, beneficial, manly, and necessary for human progress must be debunked. These war promoters never send themselves or their own children off to fight.

And after considering that, please read some Smedley Butler, if you haven't already done so.

SteveMT's picture

"You can't make no money from peace."

Great lyrics here. Thanks a lot for this post.

Hermann Goering's defense was adopted by Hillary: "What differen

Hermann Goering's defense was adopted by Hillary:

"What difference does it make?"

"It all happened in the past."

"Two years ago is a long time ago, who remembers way back then?"

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

The dark side of the Truth....

It's not like Goering was all about some great truth, he just knew the techniques of population control that have existed since the Pharaohs, and all the tyrants in history knew.

Goering was not a good guy just because he admitted the truth about the crimes of the Reich he was loyal to. He didn't want to get hanged.

Good post...

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

SteveMT's picture

A chapter & verse could be assigned to every sentence.

Nearly every sentence could be pulled from this article, and it is self-explanatory and stands alone. Ron Paul is on fire with this book excerpt.

Examples:

It should be harder to promote war, especially when there are so many regrets in the end.

The neoconservative belief that war is inherently patriotic, beneficial, manly, and necessary for human progress must be debunked.

These war promoters never send themselves or their own children off to fight.

The true nature of war must be laid bare, and the glorification must end.

The weapons industry never actually advocates killing to enhance its profits, but a policy of endless war and eternal enemies benefits it greatly.

ecorob's picture

Great read.

Enlightening.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

SteveMT's picture

Enlightening indeed!

Ron Paul's clarity of thought here is particularly amazing. I re-categorized this story as War/Peace for it reads like the flagship of non-interventionism.

Debbie's picture

Agreed!

Ron Paul's logic is beautiful.

Debbie