Total War, now and then

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Posted by andreas from ( on Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 5:07AM :

Total War, now and then


"No stages. This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There
are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do
Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq, then we take a look around and see how
things stand. That is entirely the wrong way to go about it ... If we just
let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we
don't try to ... piece together clever diplomatic solutions ... but just
wage a total war against these tyrants, I think we will do very well. Our
children will sing great songs about us years from now." --- Richard Perle,
policy advisor to G.W. Bush

(Perle, 2001, as cited in Dixon, 2001) Dixon, N. (2002, December 12).
United States: `We have Iraq on the radar screen'. Green Left Weekly.
Available at Accessed
September 12, 2002.



"Total war is the demand of the hour. [...] The danger facing us is
enormous. The efforts we take to meet it must be just as enormous. The time
has come to remove the gloves and use our fists. [...] We can no longer
make only partial use of the war potential at home and throughout Europe.
We must use our full resources, as quickly and thoroughly as it is
organizationally and practically possible. [ ... ]. The future of Europe
hangs on our success in the East. We are ready to defend it. The German
people are shedding their most valuable blood in this battle. The rest of
Europe should at least work to support us. There are voices in Europe that
have already realized this. Others still resist. That cannot influence us.
If danger faced them alone, we could view their reluctance as literary
nonsense. But the danger is to us all, and we must all do our share. Those
who today do not understand that will thank us tomorrow on bended knees
that we courageously and firmly took on the task." --- Josef Goebbels.

Goebbels, J. "Nun, Volk steh auf, und Sturm brich los! Rede im Berliner
Sportpalast," Der steile Aufstieg (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP,
1943/1944), pp. 167-204.

-- andreas
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