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 danger. It works the same way in any country.
- Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946
A no good SOB/close friend uses this quote from the infamous Nazi as his email signature. This kind of thought informs the outlook of many or most anti-war types.
They have a very legitimate point that needs to be kept in mind. As mammals, we are all strongly vulnerable or prone to pack type behaviors that may not work out well, especially when played out with modern weapons, thus the special significance of such recognition coming from a high ranking Nazi such as Goering. Any of us is liable to make misguided choices when our second circuit emotional territorial buttons are being manipulated by a skillful alpha male demagogue such as Hitler. Hitler and Goering et al led their country to absolute ruin, along with much of civilization.
But this lower brain mammalian circuitry has in fact served us well overall for a long period of time. It's biologically adaptive. That it's so deeply hardwired down in our basic brain stem circuitry is indicative of how long and well it has served our survival. In short, if you're not willing to stand up in defense of yourself and your people, at some point you're going to be eaten by the first wolf pack that happens along.
Thus the question that comes obviously to me in response to my friend's favorite quote on this day as London digs out from a second major string of attacks: "Yeah, but what if we really ARE being attacked?" Tony Blair isn't just pretending that people are out to kill them, Londoners are being attacked. You can't just wish it away, and they surely cannot simply accept being bombed every few days. It won't work.
So then we struggle as high end mammals to sort out all the info coming in, intending to resist inappropriate appeals to patriotism or tribalism, while being ready to recognize when the time is right to rally round the alpha male and back the tribe. Go Team America!