Adolf Hitler, in his autobiography, has many insights; and he is a man worth understanding because he is the purest politician – I mean, the dirtiest. He says that war is an absolute necessity if you want to remain in power. If you cannot create war people start thinking of you as nobody. Only in wartime are heroes born.
He is right. Just think of all your heroes – what would they be without wars? Who would Alexander the Great be? Who would Napoleon Bonaparte be? Who would Winston Churchill be? Who would Benito Mussolini be? Joseph Stalin? Adolf Hitler himself?
These people have become heroes of great importance. The bigger the war the bigger the heroes it creates.
Hitler says that if you cannot create war then at least continue to propagate the idea that war is coming. Never leave people in peace, because when they are in peace, you are nobody. They don't need you; your very purpose is not there. They need you when there is danger. Create danger. If there is not real danger, at least create the climate of a false danger.
The American fear of the Russians, the Russian fear of the Americans – it is nothing but a game of the politicians. People themselves are exactly the same all over the world – they don't want to be killed in wars and they don't want to kill others in wars. But the politician cannot exist without wars.
Hence I call it the dirtiest game – because it depends on human blood, the bloodshed of millions of innocent people.