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Interestingly, the immediate online reaction of many Americans of any notice being taken of the horrors of Hiroshima on its anniversary was to shout things like "Nanking! What about Nanking!". US horrors always need to be immediately compared to those of others, as if that excuses the US.

It what part of my comment did I raise anything about Europe or European racism? I mean, you're technically correct, in that there is precisely zero information about racism in UK or Ireland or anti-Islamism in France or Europe in my comment, but I don't think that's what you meant.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Aug 16th, 2010 at 03:17:02 AM EST
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Just like the Blitz justifies the firebombing of, well, all of Germany, really.

(Hamburg and Dresden most famously, of course)

Let's not fool ourselves, the strategic imperative to massively kill civilians in order to break the enemy's will to fight is still alive and well (the US likes its shock and awe...).

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 16th, 2010 at 04:53:37 AM EST
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