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.
“All we are saying, is give peace a chance”!
All we are saying is give peace a chance…!
Amen and Amen. If we don’t give it a chance then all those throughout history have given their lives for nothing. There is no Planet B. Hugs, Barbara
I hope the drum beats of this upcoming conflict tone down a bit.
Hope that the responsible people learn from history. Sometimes it seems not
We must make sure they do or they may be the first effected. Hugs, Barbara
Awful times these were and if one adds the many many millions murdered by the communists during and post WWII then the magnitude of the tragedy devastates and then we come into today and I think how can we believe in everlasting peace – and we must – when we see a different kind of warlike devastation everywhere with the poor, the hungry, the homeless…we have not yet mastered the art of helping each other, our worth as people is defined by greed and lust for power… something must give
So true Ina, and I have no idea what the numbers would be but at least another million sounds rational. May we all push our one world closer to peace. Hugs, Barbara
And yet the glorification of war and atrocities goes on unabated. Now we have to deal with lunatics who want to bring about the “end times” as predicted by any number of BS religions. We need to wake up and resist the constant drumbeats leading us to war.
This is why one of the paths to peace is to show the reality of war in all it’s ugliness. We must never forget what has happened in the past. My grandfather taught me that when I was young.