Now you have got your modern generation prestige that I am not so sure (after reading through this thread) you deserve.
Many many people in the world (esp. after Bush) think that US is, if I may, really the "Team America" full of arrogant asshats who would never do anything like this courtesy of acknowledgement. Obama's comment is a big big crack on the bad PR US has been getting lately.
It makes you look good again. Good is strong, evil is not.
I think the real question about World War II, and the way it was run, was that if the EXACT same circumstances were to occur today, would we do it again the same exact way? I would say "yes we can" to borrow a phrase from POTUS.
Total war, is total war. One does not win wars, by sending flowers to the enemy.
PS.....those were not mistakes, those were decisions at the moment, made when it appeared that we could loose the war, and it was a very very real possiblity we would.
Why not just speak out the facts? Germany's industry lay wasted in midst '44 already and further air raids had little to no military significance. The aerial bombing was nothing else than a punishment. You should ask yourself why the campaigns bore names like "Operation Gomorrha" since 1943. I'm not well-versed in the bible, but weren't Sodom and Gomorrha destroyed by the Lord for the sins of their inhabitants?
If Obama is going to apologize for "war crimes" then I guess that his grandfather, the one he keeps saying that "served in Patton's Army", was a War Criminal then.
I'm not defending the destruction of Dresden (or Königsberg for that matter etc.) as retrospectively and in the minds of some generals at the time it was unnecessary and regrettable from a human and cultural standpoint, however second-guessing now or even labeling the bombing a war crime is inappropriate.
Last edited by philbob; 05-22-2009 at 01:00 PM.