Reap The Whirlwind

article-2119392-124C288E000005DC-425_964x488Back in 1945, the American, British, Canadian, and Russian armies were starting the end of Hitler’s Third Reich. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t PC, it was war, in a way that we haven’t fought since, but was fairly common before. Today we look back in awe at what our countries did to remove this evil from the world. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, nor was it evil, fighting evil never is.

On 13 February 1945, RAF Bomber Command and the US 8th Army Air Force unleashed over a thousand heavy bombers (mostly B-17 Fortresses and Lancasters). Here’s what Great Satan’s Girlfriend had to say.

Royal Air Force’s Lord Bomber Harris made good on that blood chilling promise. Taking Lord Cherwell’s fact finding thingy about carpet bombing centers of German industry to impose Allied will   – not so much the factories  – but to hit the workers in their homes to make them scream “God! Please! Stop!”

The aim of the Combined Bomber Offensive…should be unambiguously stated [as] the destruction of German cities, the killing of German workers, and the disruption of civilised life throughout Germany.
The destruction of houses, public utilities, transport and lives, the creation of a refugee problem on an unprecedented scale, and the breakdown of morale both at home and at the battle fronts by fear of extended and intensified bombing, are accepted and intended aims of our bombing policy. They are not by-products of attempts to hit factories.

By February 1945 – 3rd Reich had less than a 100 days to live. Kicking and screaming, she was  crashing down in an orgy of pulverized, burning cities and a river of blood — civilian and military, German and non-German. Massive Allied Armies were fixing to strike on the Fatherland’s turf on multiple fronts and sides. Unconditional Surrender was the safe word.  Military history knows no year quite like 1944 -45 and if lucky, will never see another.

via GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Reap The Whirlwind.

Dresden became the single most destructive air attack in the history of the world, not excluding Hiroshima or Nagasaki. As was said at the time, The soft democracies taught the supermen how to war. From Air Force Magazine:

[Arthur Travers Harris, known as “Bomber” Harris, in early June 1942] went before RAF film cameras and delivered a chilling, two-minute message, shown on newsreels nationwide. He was unleashing a whirlwind on Germany, he said. “They sowed the wind,” he warned, “and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.” They did. The film has been preserved in the Imperial War Museum.

The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everybody else and nobody was going to bomb them.

At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put that rather naive theory into operation.

They sowed the wind and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.

Cologne, Lubeck, Rostock—Those are only just the beginning.

We cannot send a thousand bombers a time over Germany every time, as yet.

But the time will come when we can do so.

Let the Nazis take good note of the western horizon.

There they will see a cloud as yet no bigger than a man’s hand.

But behind that cloud lies the whole massive power of the United States of America.

When the storm bursts over Germany, they will look back to the days of Lubeck and Rostock and Cologne as a man caught in the blasts of a hurricane will look back to the gentle zephyrs of last summer.

It may take a year. It may take two.

But for the Nazis, the writing is on the wall.

Let them look out for themselves. The cure is in their own hands.

There are a lot of people who say that bombing can never win a war.

Well, my answer to that is that it has never been tried yet, and we shall see.

Germany, clinging more and more desperately to her widespread conquests and even seeking foolishly for more, will make a most interesting initial experiment.

Japan will provide the confirmation.

But the time is not yet. There is a great deal of work to be done first, and let us all get down to it.

But that time did come, and it was done, and evil was rendered impotent for a time. It is good for us to remember how and why it was done, and especially to realize that it will have to be done again one day, and that it would be well for us not to wait so late in the day next time.

The old Roman solution was:

“Burn it Down,

Scatter the Stones,

Salt the earth where it Stood.”

And the reason then and now is: Deterrence. Look what they did to them, we better not mess with them.


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11 Responses to Reap The Whirlwind

  1. the unit says:

    Yes careful not too wait too long. While they are clinging to their Korans and pressure cookers, and no more.
    Maybe this will be added one day…
    Ted Cruz’s plan for ISIS is disastrously inhumane
    The Week
    Paul Waldman
    Ted Cruz never says anything good just once — when he finds a line or a joke that gets applause, he repeats it over and over. And one of his big crowd-pleasers at the moment is this little ditty about the Islamic State: “We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out!”

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    • NEO says:

      I like it myself, good tune, great lyrics! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Then there was Bomber Harris now I’ve heard others say Cruz is today…Cruz Missile. 🙂
        I hope…and pray the Pope thinks he is a Christian. lol

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  2. the unit says:

    Went and read a bit about “Bomber.” Even before wars end the left was proclaiming about the “inhumanity.” I know. I was a shame to be so necessary.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, Bomber Command didn’t get a memorial till the eighties, I think. And the Queen Mother took a lot of heat for being at the dedication. British leftists are even worse than ours!

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      • the unit says:

        I read the statue or memorial to them had to be under guard for months thereafter. One day it will be destroyed, by some evil sort, ISIS or other evil. They good at artifact destruction from the ages too.

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        • NEO says:

          Likely so. but there’s still a hard corps in many Brits, God love ’em!

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  4. “But that time did come, and it was done, and evil was rendered impotent for a time. It is good for us to remember how and why it was done, and especially to realize that it will have to be done again one day, and that it would be well for us not to wait so late in the day next time.”

    Based on your military studies, how does this work with current military norms, capabilities and standards? For example, one of the most important aspects of the Law of War is that of discrimination. Given the 70 or so years since WWII, and the invention of smart weapons that are far more discriminatory that blanket bombing, how can you advocate non-discriminatory bombing (if that is what you are doing)?

    Furthermore, how does this work with entities such as ISIS, which is not a nation? This is a hotly debated issue, where do you stand on it?

    For more on discrimination:


    • NEO says:

      I’m not really, and we couldn’t afford the casualties anyway, from that sort of attack. Is ISIS a nation? I’m not so sure they’re not, given that they have almost all of the functions, although certainly an illegitimate one.


      • So when you say “to realize that it will have to be done again one day” referring to the Dresden bombing, and you subsequently reference Romans salting the ground (which never happened, at least there is no evidence, it is a modern story), what were you referring to?

        As for ISIS, having the functions of a state does not make a state.


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