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  1. Introduction
  2. The gradual descent of bomber command
  3. International law and violation by parties
  4. The rationale for area bombing
  5. Geoffrey Best's and his views on deceitfulness of the rationale
  6. The preacher against the Crusade
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

No one cares to challenge the idea that Hitler needed to be stopped. I cannot think of a cow more sacred in the common mind?as I have known the common mind?than the righteousness of World War II. The enemy of the Allies was so ghastly, that even much-deplored developments on the part of the ?good guys??the Bomb, for example?cannot dethrone Hitler from his place as the exemplary villain of our age.

Countless sermons, in my experience, have held up Hitler as the paragon of evil?a case-study for everything from the dangers of the gospel of self-esteem (?Hitler had good self-esteem?and look what he did!? ) to an example of anti-Christ. If this is the case now, in North America in 2008, then how much more villainous did he appear, for example, to the citizens of Britain, victims of his bombs, an isolated people whose nation trembled but remained firm before the force of the Nazi wave?

In fact, Hitler appeared so evil that the ones who opposed him could hardly help but appear good. WWII is the closest thing to a post-Christendom crusade.

[...] Norton and Co Garrett, Stephen A. Ethics and Airpower in WWII. New York: St. Martin's Press Janssen, Brian. "The Mortification of Sin, Pt. 6." Hospers Presbyterian Church, Hospers, IA Nov. Jasper, Ronald. George Bell: Bishop of Chichester. New York: Oxford University Press Messenger, Charles. Bounder Harris. New York: St. Martin's Press Middlebrook, Martin. The Battle of Hamburg. London: Allen Lane Pub Janssen, Brian. "The Mortification of Sin, Pt. 6." Hospers Presbyterian Church, Hospers, IA Nov. Garrett, Stephen A. Ethics and Airpower in WWII. [...]


[...] pg Chamberlain, Neville. Vol Parliamentary Debates. London: British House of Commons Best, Geoffrey. Humanity In Warfare: The Modern History of International Law of Armed Conflicts. Bristol: Methuen Press pg Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. pg Best, Geoffrey. Churchill: A Study in Greatness. London: Oxford University Press pg Churchill, Winston. "'Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat'" Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: the Great Speeches. Ed. David Cannadine. London: Penguin Books pg For an interesting book on the German side of this very same equation, consult The [...]


[...] The Churchills or the Bishop Bells of our generation? Works Cited: Bell, George. Vol Parliamentary Debates. London: British House of Lords Best, Geoffrey. Churchill: A Study in Greatness. London: Oxford University Press Best, Geoffrey. Humanity In Warfare: The Modern History of International Law of Armed Conflicts. Bristol: Methuen Press Chamberlain, Neville. Vol Parliamentary Debates. London: British House of Commons Churchill, Winston. Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: the Great Speeches. Ed. David Cannadine. London: Penguin Books Colville, John. The Fringes of Power. [...]

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