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'Why did the chicken cross the road? To escape the cannibal'


"I know that for every act of terror or unkindness, there is a rationale or excuse, from “we are carpet bombing people to free them from oppression” to........" I can't help noticing that you are equating "carpet bombing people" with "acts of terror". Very lazy thinking Mark. The countries who engaged in carpet bombing (i.e. the allies during the war and the US air force in Vietnam) were all representatives of liberal democracies which for all their faults were fighting unelected regimes or in the case of the Second World War an elected fascist regime. Carpet bombing was the only form of bombing available at the time and while it might sound nit picking it was the factories and housing that were being bombed not the people themselves. Or in the case of Vietnam large swathes on largely uninhabited jungle. Comparing the indiscriminate injury caused by the terrorist bomb with the sort of military action currently being carried out in Libya and Afghanistan, involving precision bombing where every possible care is taken to avoid civilian loss of life, is frankly absurd.

Posted date

13 July, 2011

Posted time

1:00 pm