Sixty Years Ago Today, British & American Bombers
Turned 'Florence On The Elbe' Into A Fireball
"The British Supreme Command knew that hundreds of thousands of refugees were in the city at the time, yet they still gave the order to devastate it," wrote Welt am Sonntag newspaper in a report headlined, "Suffocated, Burnt to a cinder, Dismembered," referring to the victims who succumbed to temperatures which reached 1,200 degrees.
Donald Nielsen, a US forces pilot wept: "I've asked God for forgiveness several times".
Another controversy surrounds the numbers who were killed on the night of Feb 13-14, 1945. The figure - estimated between 35,000 and 400,000 - has never been officially fixed, allowing extremists to manipulate it for their own means.
The following question will be a tough one for a generation raised by television and government schools and may require...horror...independent critical thinking:
What is the difference ethically and morally between American & British troops rounding up 35,000 - 400,000 civilian non-combatants from the non-militarily significant town of Dresden and marching them outside of town and murdering them in cold blood VS. setting the civillian non-combatants in the non-militarily significant town of Dresden ON FIRE from the air???