Herman Goering, at the Nuremberg Trials

From Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Her Work in Her Own Words.

"Why, of course 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 a 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."