February 14, 2005


The Left doesn't mind Dresden and the Right doesn't mind Hiroshima.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2005 8:29 PM

I was surprised to learn OJ thought Dresden militarily unnecessary...there's at least some reason to think otherwise.

When I was in high school, we were discussing Vonnegut's (extraordinarily overrated) novel Slaughterhouse Five, and the teacher said something about how nobody in America knew about Dresden because we don't like to teach our inglorious moments. At this time, Howard Zinn's infamous book was approaching it's one-millionth copy sold -- and as for nobody talking about Dresden, anybody who looks at that period in history will realize we were bitching about it practically before the bombs were dropped.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 14, 2005 9:58 PM

#3? Where are #1 and #2?

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2005 10:19 PM


A railway station and factories--name a city that doesn't fit.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2005 10:53 PM

Name a city that wasn't hit.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 14, 2005 11:59 PM

Moscow--that's the corollary: the real crime against humanity is that we stopped.

But, of course, the issue is bombing simply to create terror as opposed to at least the pretense of miltary necessity. Rather few cities were terror bombed.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2005 12:03 AM


That's the point: Most cities do fit.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 15, 2005 4:07 AM

I have to admit, when I saw the USA Today article about the skinheads and 'fascists' marching in Dresden, my first thought was - you want some more? The punks of present Germany (and everywhere else) know nothing, just nothing about what they supposedly believe. The elders are probably just venting after so many years, but they should know better, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 15, 2005 11:17 AM

I'm disappointed that the Manhattan project wasn't fast enough for Dresden to be nuked.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at February 15, 2005 12:47 PM

A lot of conservatives at the time were apalled by Hiroshima. Richard Weaver for one.

Posted by: carter at February 15, 2005 2:22 PM

And Ike and McArthur.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2005 2:32 PM

Them's weasel words, Orrin. You're wrong on your facts, so we don't have to go any further into interpretation.

We bombed Paris for years before we did much in Germany.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 17, 2005 1:35 AM


No one anywhere would mind nuking Paris, including Parisians.

Posted by: oj at February 17, 2005 7:08 AM