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the american people are not war-minded

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zinnHoward Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States (2003). This is from a speech he gave shortly after the 2008 election.  

… I do believe that the American people would welcome a president who said, “We are not going to wage aggressive wars anymore.” The American people are not war-minded people. They become war-minded when a president gets up there and creates an atmosphere of hysteria and fear, you know, and says, “Well, we must go to war.” “Why are we bombing Afghanistan?” “Because Osama bin Laden is there.” “Uh, where?” Well, they don’t really know, so we’ll bomb the country. You know, if we bomb the country, maybe we’ll get him. Sure, in the process, thousands of Afghans will die, right? … But the American people are not war-minded people. They would welcome, I believe, a turn away from war.

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