The Bombs of August

| August 9, 2000

The Bombs of August, Howard Zinn, The Progressive

'It had to be done,' Roomford told Billy, speaking of the destruction of Dresden.
'I know,' said Billy.
'That's war.'
-Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut

Thus is the myth we are taught to believe, says Howard Zinn in the latest issue of The Progressive. Zinn, a regular columnist and author of the classic A People's History of the United States, exposes how American leaders and historians frame such tragedies as Hiroshima, Dresden, and Iraq in ways to make the mass death and destruction appear both necessary and good to the American people. 'It is absolutely essential for our political leaders to defend the bombing,' Zinn writes, 'because if Americans can be induced to accept that, then they can accept any war, any means, so long as the warmakers can supply a reason.' -- Amanda LukerGo there>>