‘The People Don’t Want War’


Jim Albertini, Center for Nonviolent Education and Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

Truth From An Unexpected Source

“Why of course the people don’t want war.  Why should some poor slob on the 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: nether in Russia, nor 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 pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same in any country.” — Herman Goering, Adolph Hitler’s Deputy

Sometimes truth comes from unexpected sources.  The above quote is one such example — how propaganda is used to manipulate public opinion and get ordinary, decent, people to support the criminal policies of their government.

Don’t be like the “good” Germans in Nazi Germany.  Don’t be dragged along by today’s propaganda. “Islamic Terrorism” and “Terrorism” have replaced “Communism” as the West’s modern enemy of choice.  The so-called war on terror is really an endless war by the U.S. empire for control of oil, other countries’ natural resources, and control of international finance and markets–all by military means.

Stand up! Speak Out for Peace & Justice!

1. Mourn all victims of violence.

2. Reject war as a solution.

3. Defend civil liberties.

4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc.

5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.


Malu ‘Aina (Land of Peace) is the Hawaiian name given to the Center for Non-Violent Education and Action located ten miles south of the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Malu ‘Aina is a spiritual community based on peace, justice and sustainable organic farming. Malu ‘Aina founder Jim Albertini has made a home of this land, and has dedicated himself for the last twenty-five years to managing and caring for it. He is an advocate of simple living and anti-militarism. Jim is an active supporter of the movement for a nuclear-free and independent Pacific region. Local and international peacemakers visit Malu ‘Aina for reflection, discussion, and action-planning on problems facing Hawai’i and the world.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action-P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i, 96760 USA. Phone (808) 966-7622. Email ja@interpac.net

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One Response to “‘The People Don’t Want War’”

  1. Satoshi says:

    I agree with Mr. Jim Albertini completely.

    Conflict cannot be solved by violence that brings, sooner or later, another conflict and/or violence. War (violence)on terrorism(violence)may lead people to “war on war” or “terrorism on terrorism.” Hate cannot be solved by hate. Hate can be solved only by love. Likewise, conflict can be solved only by peace(ful means).

    If love is the answer for hate, peace is the answer for conflict. If love is the answer for individuals, peace is the answer for the world.