|Hamburg after 1943 fire bombing that caused mass destruction and casualties|
Monday, November 21, 2016
Journal 8: Shel
I found the podcast, Logical Insanity, to be very interesting. What I enjoyed most about it was all the history that he had to provide along with the journals taken from Harry Truman and other leaders including German officers. The main idea behind the podcast I believe was justifying the tactics that seem so cruel during the times of war. Carlin said during the podcast that "sometimes war crimes are understandable". After that he said that it was acceptable to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because it saved 10-15 times as many lives than it ended. The US also justified dropping the atomic bomb because it was so precise compared to the other bombs they were use to dropping. So, when they did drop it, they mainly affected the factories and said that along with the successful drop, they were also going to be innocent people killed. They couldn't have the success without any innocent casualties. He also explained the idea of carnage happens to prevent more carnage and that anything to end the war is justifiable. In the case of Hamburg in 1943, fire bombs began to show how bombs would go on to kill more and more people. Bombs were used as a forceful way to take away people's will to fight, but these bombs were so devastating that it did much more than that.