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  •  Firebombing cities is a war crime (2+ / 0-)
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    MaikeH, Ahianne

    and that goes for Hiroshima also. There are other factors to consider, which is why neither event carries as much historical prominance as the Japanese occupation of China or the holocaust.  But we should have our eyes wide open and be able to admit war crimes, even those conducted on our own behalf. Kurt Vonnegut realized that bombing Dresden was a war crime - it changed the course of his life, and though he approached it with a sort of dark humor, there's no doubt at all that killing all those civilians in that way was a criminal act. We won, so we had the luxury of forgetting.  The Germans lost (and committed much greater crimes) so they were unable to forget.  Better not to forget - otherwise, we are too prone to the belief that the US by definition can do no wrong, or that the US gets to unilaterally set the definintions of war crimes according to circumstances.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:48:08 AM PDT

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