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GERMANY: Carpet and precision bombing



On the carpet bombing of Germany, Cameron Sawyer says: "With all due respect, I don't think anybody's wives, children, and grandparents, German or otherwise, had the strategic bombing of their homes coming to them . Nuclear war is the logical extension of the doctrine of strategic bombing, and it is all utterly barbaric and degraded as far as I m concerned". RH: Of course, but that was the attitude at the time. Even worse was the atom bombing of Japan. The general US attitude at the time, Truman included, was that the Japs had it coming to them. It is easy in peace time to look back and condemn the horrors of war. I think Cameron meant to say carpet, not strategic. However, he might argue, like other WAISers, that to call strategic bombing precision bombing is an illusion.

Ronald Hilton - 1/22/03


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