"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."
Nuremberg Diary, Gustave Gilbert, éd. Da Capo Press, 1995 (Reprint Edition), p. 278