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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In a message dated 07/17/2003 11:36:45 PM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > however, i believe that the > outcomes should be enormously different if poll asks "do you > You also have a population that has a long history of censoring itself due to the ramifications of open dissent. Obviously this will influence the answers that some people will give, while other people will test drive their newfound "liberation." I believe the article also noted that there was gunfire in the background as people are answering this poll. Shell shock. I also believe that had the poll perhaps had some other possible replies, we might get a much different perspective. I seem to recall from my experimental psychology classes that you can generally make a poll say anything you wish based on how the queries are written and administered. I don't even want the US troops to stay in this country, but then we have far too long supported troops at the expense of almost everything else. (species wide) Hope your all well. Roger Stroope Northern Arizona University Flagstaff USA During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary. "Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... 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 ... 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 way in any country." _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk