HARRIS PRACTISED ON ARAB VILLAGES
"The Arab and Kurd now know what real bombing means in
casualties and damage; they now know that within 45 minutes a full-sized
village can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed
or injured by four or five machines." To maximise the salutary yield of
aerial bombing said the man who was known in later life as 'Bomber' Harris,
it was essential that casualties should be of sufficient scale to produce "a
real as opposed to a purely moral effect".
A colleague of Harris in the Iraq operations of the 1920s had a rather more
benign account of his experiences: "Air control is a marvellous means of
bringing these wild mountain tribes to heel. It is swift, economic and
humane, as we always drop warning messages some hours before we start to 'lay
eggs' on their villages, so that they can clear out. An eastern mind forgets
quickly, and if he is not punished for his misdeeds straight away, he has
forgotten all about them, and feels his punishment is not merited if delayed."
The RAF had attacked and bombed the non-military target of Berlin six times
before the Luftwaffe retaliated against London.
GAS "I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am
strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes."
– Winston Churchill writing as President of the Air Council, 1919.
LABOUR PICKS ON THE WORKING CLASSES
The campaign of the Bomber Command of
the RAF was perhaps the most gruelling continuous operation in military
history. It began in 1940. He (Winston Churchill) was convinced that raids
of sufficient intensity could destroy Germany's morale, and so his Labour
dominated war cabinet planned a campaign that abandoned the accepted
practice of confining their attacks to the enemy's armed forces, and,
instead, made civilians the primary target.
Night after night, RAF bombers in ever-increasing numbers struck throughout
Germany, usually at working class housing, because it was more densely
packed. Berlin itself became the most bombed place on earth at that time." -
- Angus Calder The People's War, (London) Jonathan Cape, 1969. P.286)
A GREAT CITY WIPED FROM THE MAP OF
The annihilation of the German city of
Dresden and its swollen population of refugees has been a running sore of
official obfuscation since the night of 13th February 1945 (St. Valentine's
Eve) when the RAF struck.
Three quarters of a million incendiary bombs cascaded over the undefended
city, turning the region into a holocaust such as has never been witnessed
in the history of mankind.
Unusually, no war correspondents were allowed on any of the aircraft
involved so there were no eyewitnesses. The only accounts were the garbled
comment of a few of the aircrew who had been told, "They were attacking
German Army Headquarters', 'Destroying an arms dump', 'knocking out an
industrial area', more ludicrously, 'wiping out a large poison gas plant.'
Clearly, before the raid had even started those responsible were well aware
of the carnage that would result and were already making their excuses.
The firestorms raged creating hurricane force winds feeding the flames.
Civilians died by their tens of thousands, consumed, incinerated to ash.
Conservative estimates exceed 130,000. These figures greatly exceed the
numbers killed at Hiroshima.
Apologists often mention Coventry in the same breath as Dresden but during
the entire course of the war 380 in Coventry died as a result of bombing
raids. No one will ever know how many lost their lives in Dresden that
fateful night. Realistic estimates put the death toll above 300,000 but how
does one count ash?
The free press in Europe immediately denounced such barbarity and
reluctantly, on February 17th at a briefing of Allied Supreme Headquarters
in Paris the men responsible armed the compliant Associated Press
correspondents with these words: "Allied Air Chiefs have made the long
awaited decision to adopt deliberate terror bombings of German population
centres as a ruthless expedient of hastening Hitler's doom.
The report had been widely broadcast in America and by Paris Radio. It was
suppressed in Britain for fear of public revulsion. In a minute dated 28th
February 1943 Sir Archibald Sinclair explained to Sir Charles Portal, Chief
of the Air Staff, that it was necessary to stifle all public discussion on
the subject because if the truth had been disclosed in response to the
enquiries being made by influential political and religious leaders, their
inevitable condemnation would impair the morale of the bomber crews and
consequently their bombing efficiency.
R.H.S Crosman, the Labour Minister of Housing (Sunday Telegraph, October 1st
1961) wrote: "One of the most unhealthy features of the bombing offensive
was that the War Cabinet - and in particular the Secretary for Air,
Archibald Sinclair felt it necessary to repudiate publicly the orders which
they themselves had given to Bomber Command." The Government Minister summed
up his feelings by saying: ""The devastation of Dresden in February 1945 was
one of those crimes against humanity whose authors would have been arraigned
at Nuremberg if that court had not been perverted."
When during the Paris briefings, the Allied Air Chiefs had claimed that
Dresden 'was the long awaited decision to adopt deliberate terror bombings
of the German population,' this too was a bald lie.
Even Winston Churchill who had airily
dismissed the deaths of up to six million Germans half way through the war,
and correctly presumed to double that figure, was himself repelled by the
scale of the slaughter: "It seems to me that the moment has come when the
question of bombing German cities simply for the sake of increasing terror,
though under other pretexts, should be reviewed." (Winston Churchill to
Chief of Air Staff Sir. Charles Portal, March 28th 1945).
In fact the only prompt, factual and comprehensive report at this early
stage was that of Rudolph Sparing, war correspondent of the German Overseas
News Agency. He wrote: "The Dresden catastrophe is without precedent. In the
inner town not a single block of buildings, not a single detached building,
remains intact or even capable of reconstruction. The town area is devoid of
human life. A great city has been wiped from the map of Europe." – Daily
Telegraph, March 5th 1945
BULLDOZED HUMAN REMAINS
Such was the scale of ruin of Dresden, and so damning the hundreds of
thousands dead. Much of the human remains were virtually unrecognisable, as
in the ruins of Pompeii. Bulldozers were brought in to scrape the surfaces
of monstrous mounds of congealed human beings, nearly all of them civilians,
among them thousands of children. These mounds of incinerated human beings
were bulldozed into pits. You will find precious little recognition of this,
the real holocaust.
On the morning after the attack a sick-minded BBC newsreader sneeringly said;
"There is very little china left in Dresden today!"
Such is the shame of Dresden that even today the feeble-minded
number-crunches who pluck figures out of the air for fanciful Jewish and
homosexual victims of Nazism deny the monstrousness of Dresden's death toll.
The actual figure for the dead at Dresden in March 1945, was estimated as
between 250,000 and 350,000 by the city's Chief Medical Officer.
Few if any have ever denied that the Germans were if nothing else
punctiliousness on matters of fact.
|"CONNOISSEURS OF RUIN"
"We have become connoisseurs of ruin in this war. We have learned to
distinguish between the bombed, the shelled, the burned, and the
blasted. But in England we have never seen a town that has been killed,
completely written off and abandoned, a place as empty as Pompeii that
has the sour stench of the rubbish heap from one end to another, and
where the only sound is the drip of water from the broken roofs.
Disgust furs the tongue and sours the stomach. One does not pity the
people of the town, nor does one hate them. One says, 'they did it to
us', but one is left just staring. The scene has gone beyond argument.
The terrible thing is that one has no feeling at all . . . one is
stripped of every feeling, the humane and the inhumane, and curiosity
grows feeble. This is negation. The mind and the heart have got to
begin at the beginning again and learn all they once knew once more."
V.S Pritchett, New Statesman and Nation, April 7, 1945.
Note. V.S Pritchett was not to know of course that in fact it
was Churchill's regime that had initiated the bombing campaigns.
BARI HARBOR, ITALY, 1944
When the Luftwaffe bombed U.S. munitions ships in Bari Harbor in 1944, one
of the ships that exploded was laden with a mysterious substance. As the
fumes drifted ashore it either incapacitated or killed everyone in its path.
To the fury of Italian medicos the Americans refused to identify the
substance so were unable to treat those affected. It later emerged that the
internationally outlawed poison was none other than Sarin – another evil
weapon of mass destruction that again was made 'in the democracies'.
The German U-boat fleet suffered greatly as their crews fought to prevent
allied war supplies getting through to Airship One (Britain) from where it
was forwarded to Stalin's blood-soaked empire for their attack on their
fatherland from the East.
Most warships had mascots. On one U-Boat the mascot was a goldfish which
sadly threw off its mortal coil. The crew to keep fond memories alive
pickled it in raw alcohol. From there on it was appropriately known as
EARLIER GUANTANAMO BAYS
Over 350,000 prisoners of war were detained in American POW camps from
1942-1946. Not all were military personnel. They included civilians such as
merchant seamen, American citizens of German extraction and German civilians
were rounded up and brought by force from Latin American countries.
These prisoners were spread throughout hundreds of camps across the United
States. Typically South Carolina had over twenty concentration camps. These
prisoners, against international law, were used as slave labour and worked
in a wide range of occupations, mostly military and forestry.