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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:42 PM

Why are drone strikes any different than the bombing of Dresden? [View all]

Well I can think of one or two differences, but first let me say that one of my neighbors back in 1970 was a German woman who had survived the bombing of Dresden with her mother and a young brother. Frankly, the version I had up until then was the white washed version I had gotten in history classes. Here is an article on it for those who need a refresher.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/bombing_of_dresden.htm

My neighbor gave me a gut wrenching tale of a city, which at that time consisted of mostly of women, children and the elderly. Most of the men were gone either to war or had been killed. The city was full of refugees mostly women, children and the elderly. The allies came without warning. The Germans did not think they would kill civilians that were mostly women, children and the elderly. The allies bombed it mercilessly and there was so much collateral damage of women, children and elderly that it took them weeks to dig out all the bodies. The body count was astoundingly horrific. The reason we bombed it was that it was a factory city where weapons were also being produced by the Third Reich.

Well, let me explain the one or two differences I believe apply. For one we were at war with Germany. There was a front line and the enemy were all Germans, so killing women and children could probably be rationalized. What we are doing with the drones isn't so neatly compartmentalized. My neighbor's story in remembering was heart wrenching and she was only eight years old at the time. She believed that they had stopped making weapons and that the factories at the time were mostly idle. That is her opinion though and I haven't found anything to verify her report. Whatever, I find it to be a real blot on our history.

So by looking back at history, I just can't keep thinking that the drone strikes are right and necessary. They aren't right and will not help our cause in the long run. My mind keeps going back to the story my neighbor told me about Dresden and the saying that "the ends justifies the means". I don't think it's so. We know so little about these strikes even what we are able to find from foreign sources on the internet than we knew about Dresden from our history classes back then.

I think what we are doing is awful the results we gain not worth the karma we are accruing.

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