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War at its Worst: Slaughterhouse-Five and Dresden


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We may not be so enamored of strategic bombing these days (which continued through Vietnam despite overwhelming evidence of failure in the “good war”) but some things never change.

Vonnegut again:
“….A few days after the raid, the sirens screamed again. The listless and heartsick survivors were showered this time with leaflets. I lost my copy of the epic, but remember that it ran something like this: “To the people of Dresden: we were forced to bomb your city because of the heavy military traffic your railroad facilities have been carrying. We realise that we haven’t always hit our objectives. Destruction of anything other than military objectives was unintentional, unavoidable fortunes of war.”….”


As I mentioned last week, much of the research shows that wasn’t true. The idea of de-housing the population was discussed, with the people in their houses.

Good quote though.