Should they Regret?
There are many regrets we make in life. Many times they are things we wished had done or just did not do. However there are those instances when a person(s) look back and regret wholeheartedly a single event. My question is should the bombing of Dresden be one of those moments the Allies should look back at with regret? Even though it was made with good intentions as many decisions are. The act of involving civilians in war started before WWII. It became more common to involve them because they were considered just as much a part of the war as those fighting in it. But does that give justification to bomb an entire city? As discussed in class, though technical rules for war were set up, when war ensues the handbook gets thrown in the trash. It is really an all in or all out situation. A great example that can be given and is argued over in a similar way as Dresden; are the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those were done in a war effort and caused many civilian casualties. Dresden was just an instance carried out by many raids and by more than one country. Whether one regrets a decision that affects so many lives the real hardship is cleaning and dealing with the aftereffects. Dresden was considered the city beauty of Germany. It held many hospitals and architecture. The thought of bombing the city never crossed the minds of the people so it wasn’t heavily protected. As seen below there is a shot of Dresden before the bombings and one can see the beauty of the city.(1) Further down is a shot of a different area of Dresden devastated by the raids which took place for two days. (2)The purpose of bombing a city for winning a war that was practically already won, is normally considered wrong. However, what the Allies rationale gives it credibility. So should or shouldn’t it be regretted?
Prior to bombing
Dresden after the bombing.
- Margaret Fryer, “Dresden Before the Bombing”, Spad’s Literary Potpourri, Accessed Oct.29, 15. http://spad1.files.wordpress.com/