Sunday, February 13, 2005

Dresden 60 Years Later

Judging by the way 60th anniversary of Dresden bombing is marked in Croatian blogosphere, it seems that all those 60th anniversaries are following similar and, to a certain degree, disturbing pattern – historical truth and objective data are again discarded for the sake of contemporary politics and fashionable trends.

Just like the Auschwitz anniversary was good excuse to mention Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, Dresden anniversary will create multitude of rants again USA and its military. Many use that tragedy as another undeniable proof of the inherent evil of US military and diabolic nature of Western leaders. Dresden bombing is portrayed as a war crime and the six-figure numbers of dead civilians are taken as an undeniable fact.

What is even more disturbing is the way that many Limousine Leftists, self-proclaimed defenders of liberal and humanist virtue, take the words of David Irving and his kind as a Gospel.

Whether Dresden was a legitimate military target or whether the bombing helped shorten war are the topics worthy of long debate. And this debate shouldn’t be misused for petty politics, so degrading for the memory of tens of thousands of innocent people who died in Dresden 60 years ago. Nor this incident should be taken out of the context of much larger carnage that was going on in those times.

What happened in Dresden should, in the end, serve primarily as a powerful warning to the world. What happened there should never happen again.


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