The U.N. might disagree, but civilian deaths are a byproduct of war

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The United Nations informed Israel and Hamas that indiscriminate attacks on civilians are war crimes. It is ironic that Germany, Britain and the United States are members of an organization that protests when innocent civilians are killed during conflicts. In World War II, we did not commit indiscriminate attacks on civilians; we killed them for tactical reasons.

When we destroyed a factory, we made sure to include the homes of the workers around it. Dresden was an unprotected city of monuments with little strategic value. It was where refugees, prisoners of war and children were sent to be safe. When the end of the war was just around the corner, British and American bombers set the city on fire, ending the lives of 135,000 civilians, according to the 1963 book “The Destruction of Dresden” by David Irving.

German bombs and rockets fell on England, killing 60,000 civilians and it never made the docket at the Nuremberg trials.

It might be a hard pill for the United Nations to swallow, but dead civilians will always be one of the unpleasant byproducts of war.

CHARLES LINDSAY
Chartiers

 


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