Of course the people do not want war.
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, 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 to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism.
Thank you PeoPlesGeoGraphy … “so angry right now at the smarmy, taken for granted talk of a war … ” 1 & 2 … “Believe it, don’t believe it, that’s up to you. But at least we should know what exactly he said …”