Atheist, Trotskyite and newborn neocon, Hitchens embraces the
morality of lex talionis: an eye for an
eye. If Germans murdered women and children, the British were morally justified
in killing German women and children.
According to British historians,
however, Churchill ordered the initial bombing of German cities on his first day
in office, the very first day of the Battle of France, on May 10, 1940.
the fall of France, Churchill wrote Lord Beaverbrook, minister of air production: “When I look
round to see how we can win the war, I see that there is only one sure path … an
absolutely devastating, exterminating attack by very heavy bombers from this
country upon the Nazi homeland.”
“Exterminating attack,” said Churchill. By
late 1940, writes historian Paul Johnson, “British bombers were being used on a
great and increasing scale to kill and frighten the German civilian population
in their homes.”
Late 1940 was a full year before the mass deportations from the Polish
ghettos to Treblinka and Sobibor began.
After the fire-bombing of Dresden in 1945, Churchill memoed his air chiefs: “It
seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German
cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other
pretexts, should be reviewed.”
The London Charter of the International Military Tribunal decided that
at Nuremberg only the crimes of Axis powers would be prosecuted and that among
those crimes would be a newly invented “crimes against humanity.” This decree
was issued Aug. 8, 1945, 48 hours after we dropped the first atom bomb on
Hiroshima and 24 hours before we dropped the second on Nagasaki.
We and the
British judiciously decided not to prosecute the Nazis for the bombing of London
It was an understandable decision, and one that surely Gen.
concurred in, as LeMay had boasted at war’s end, “We scorched and
boiled and baked to death more people in Tokyo that night of March 9-10 than
went up in vapor in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.”
After the war, a lone Senate voice arose to decry what was taking
place at Nuremberg as “victor’s justice.” Ten years later, a young colleague
would declare the late Robert A. Taft “A Profile in Courage” for having spoken
up against ex post facto justice. The young senator was John F. Kennedy.
-Pat Buchanan. more
"Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds
him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived...He had a mystery
about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live
and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are
-John F. Kennedy
Where era's end, legends begin...