This weekend, Friday and Saturday — Valentine’s Day — is the 70th Anniversary of the Fire Bombing of Dresden, Germany, by the Allies in World War II.
The decision to totally destroy German cities in World War II was not an easy one for Allies to make. But millions of people had died at the hands of the Nazis, not only Jews, but Poles and Roma and many had lost their lives resisting the Nazis. At a certain point, the Allies felt that devastation in retaliation was the only option left.
As you know, I am a pacifist. The reason I am blogging this today is because things are getting increasingly tense and fraught with the danger of a third world war. I think that the benefits of diplomacy and the use of sanctions need to be supported and recognized. We don’t always have to jump into war.
I see no way we could have avoided World War II, but we cannot allow the same circumstances to happen again. We must remember the lessons of the past and not allow situations in this world to come to a point where War is the only way to protect people.
While the video below, originally posted at Renegade Tribune, is difficult to watch, let it be a reminder of the horrors that await us if Peace fails.
More people died in the fire bombings of Dresden on February 13th to 14th, 1945 than in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.