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Thank you for participating in the Dialogue on Foreign Policy. The interactive web site is now closed. The Minister's report will appear on this web site once it is released.

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Something to think about from our past

Contributor: warless

Date: 2003-03-18 18:56:14

"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."

-- General Herman Goering, President of German Reichstag and Nazi Party, Commander of Luftwaffe during World War II, April 18, 1946.

Those that do not learn from history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

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Something to think about from our past

Contributor: fatmomma

Date: 2003-03-29 21:23:23

This is not really as true today. With extensive TV coverage from both sides we can be much more informed today. The problem lies in being able to discern the truth. We must encourage more people to get involved and seek the real truth. It does not come from listening to only one side of an issue.
One must go far beyond facts we get from the media which always tend to favour and point out the pros on one side extensively. I have found the internet a very useful tool to seek information and a better understanding of the issues on both sides. I still have much to learn. This discussion group has given me insight to seek for more information. thank you to those on either side of the issues

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