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#71#72#73#74 Episode #75 - War, Profits and Empire
(From Rome to Washington)



Sun 14 October 2001  Smithy, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2This week we focus on the relationship between war and profit, from the Roman empire to Bush's new war, with Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali and Smithy of Wizards of Money.
If the people do not want war, why do their leaders? War is, and always has been, big business.
Quotes-66.gif 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. That is easy. 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. Quotes-99.gif

— Herman Goering, Defense Minister of Nazi Germany

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