Thursday, August 06, 2015

From Dresden to Hiroshima to Tomorrow

How does history influence your views towards world peace?

Good morale is necessary in peace as well as war.  Justifiable morale is usually based on supporting whatever is perceived to be a good cause.

The bombing of Dresden in February 1945 was a turning point in World War Two, but for all the wrong reasons.  It lead to a false belief:  That to terrorise civilians and indiscriminately destroy beauty is a justifiable way to win a war.

After Dresden, it became easier for the United States government to justify the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.  Not long after Dresden, Germany had surrendered.  The reasons seemed obvious.

Firebombing is terrorism.  It is indiscriminate.  Authoritarian regimes have always used populations as pawns, but why would so-called democratic societies do the same?

If the frequent bombing of Tokyo, by the so-called allies between 1942 and 1945, was in retaliation for the Japanese government's own bombings in China, South East Asia and the Pacific, it would seem to suggest that surrender could not be gained through bombing.

Wars take place in minds.  They do not begin with bombs, bullets and mines of various sorts.  Actions are always the demonstration of minds.  Actions are the consequences of thinking, however uncaring and selfish that thinking may be.

Children and other young people can often be indoctrinated into believing anything, with enough repetition.  They learn to value one set of beliefs over another.  They also learn to denigrate other beliefs and values, and the people who hold them.

Seventy years after the first atomic bomb was used to kill thousands of civilians, selfish thinking continues to be taught.  That thinking justifies violence against innocent people in the name of a greater goal:  Peace.

Yet peace is never served by or through violence.  Peace demands compassion for all people, even those indoctrinated into a way of thinking they would never have chosen if accurately informed of all the beautiful, peaceful alternatives.