Defining Terrorism: Bombing of German Cities During WWII




Cameron Sawyer writes:There is a very good argument that the bombing of German cities during World War II was indeed terrorism.  This bombing had no military purpose other than demoralizing the population and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people and made millions homeless.   These deaths and this damage cannot be called "collateral" because they weren't incidental to any military target.  It's true that the Germans started it (with the Blitz on London), but that doesn't make it right.  It was a truly ghastly crime, in my opinion, which has drawn little attention only because it was so much overshadowed by the even more ghastly Holocaust.


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