| In 2004 war fatalities - civilian and military - are
tallied publicly on the Internet ~ often names of victims are mentioned
sometimes even their pictures shown Iraq Bodycount
||We still do not know whether we should count the bomb
victims of the war in Indochina - 40 years ago - in the tens or hundreds
of thousands ~ names of targetted villages and towns are hardly known
~ the deaths anonymous.
||The Boeings B-29s of WW II are replaced by the B-52s
of the Cold War, warriors in the third dimension, dropping death for
more than half a century: dumb bombs, fire bombs, smart bombs and
|| ... twice an atom bomb, as on the heart of Hiroshima,
where, afterwards, only white lines mark where streets once ran.
||"Water water!" cries the girl, until she stops
breathing 1945 ~ a US study about the
Atom bomb on Hiroshima, 20 years later, claims a total of 70,000 dead;
the Japanese count double that amount.
|| The assembled plutonium core for the first atomic bomb
at Trinity New Mexico and the only colour photos of this test explosion
~ a huge plutonium producing reactor and small blocks of uranium show
the compact power of this apocalyptic device.
||The Underground proved the best shelter during the Blitz
on London: platforms, rails, corridors and escalators were full night
after night ~still 60% of Londoners preferred their own risky beds
|| "To this day I am still afraid of airplanes –
for me an airplane means something evil that comes out of the sky"
German woman, 1992, talking about her youth.
|| "There it is, skipper – straight ahead.
Keep her steady", Lawrence called, watching the indicators as
they crawled up his sword-sight."‘Eight seconds to go"
Campbell "The bombing of Nuremberg".
||There was often no visibility at all and bomb loads
were pretty much dropped blindly, or a vague contour on a flickering
radar screen was the only indication.
|| Looking through a magnifying glass at an aerial photo
in order to find and mark targets ~ to analyse the damage done.
||Double planning: destruction and construction ~ fleeing
paths, signal points, incendiary zones, transport and industrial locations
versus fire lanes, spreading, rearrangement of city structures that
were virtually annihilated.
|| Rationalization, grids.~ a violent mirror image ~ planned
destruction, planned reconstruction. A reconciliation process between
bombarded communities and their attackers is still necessary ...
||... making room for more than one truth, gaining insight
into the strengths and weaknesses of social structures, of political
and military constellations, of burocracy and industry, which made
all this possible.
||Going beyond being a winner or a loser.