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22nd-May-2009 11:41 pm
Indy Says Study History
What hit me hardest about this particular quotation was especially the last sentence, and how many people in our own country might agree with it. When I see the way in which our news media quality is going down – with newspapers folding, cutting serious staff sections like foreign correspondents in favour of infotainment or columnists whose primary skill is infotainment snarking, or with the last presidential administration planting news stories and television channels failing to check and report those sources – well, I get worried. When this last sentence sounds like current affairs, Left or Right, just as long as the right side "wins," then I get very worried.
I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war – never mind whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterward whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war it is not right that matters, but victory.
– Adolf Hitler, secret military conference, August 22, 1939.
Quoted in William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, pp. 530, 593.
23rd-May-2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I love your icon!
25th-May-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
23rd-May-2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I am a bit of a conspiracy theory junkie, so that the last sentence sounds "normal" to me. But I am also a cynic, so suggesting that the US government "engineers" wars and its own involvement in them is almost something to be expected. There are even theories out there that such actions (or inaction) goes back as far as Pearl Harbor.

I remain worried anyways, simply because I want to look out for my own family. So when I hear you speak as you did above, a little red flag starts waving a little faster than it already was.
25th-May-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know that you have to go into "conspiracy" mode for such things: it seems to me much more simple and likely to see all these sorts of things that people saw signs of ahead of time, whether from Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Titanic, or whatever hints there were to the September 11th attacks as evidence of two all-two-human tendencies: to willfully interpret things in the best possible light (certainly a huge factor in all the putting off of confronting Hitler), or to put off dealing with a problem until it has caused us enough damage to make us act.
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