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11 September 2013

Commemorating 9-11

Mass-media figures in the United States today are commemorating the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 11 September 2001.  Sean Hannity, for example, today was playing some maudlin country song with superimposed soundbites of the incompetent and clueless President George W. Bush grandstanding with vacuous attempts at solemnity. 

It is a prefabricated, brainless excess of sentimentality.

No doubt some of these babblers also realize perfectly well that continuing to beat the drum about that event tends to keep the United States at war, thus killing more people and plunging the country ever deeper into an abyss of debt.

Nevertheless let us commemorate 9-11 -- but a more worthy 9-11 than this piddling calamity celebrated by the political hucksters of American mass-media:

9-11 1944

On 9-11 1944 in Darmstadt, Germany the RAF deliberately bombed civilian dwellings, with an estimated 12,300 dead and 66,000 homeless.


From Wikipedia, "Bombing of Darmstadt in World War II":


The main raid on Darmstadt was by No. 5 Group RAF on the night of the 11/12 September 1944, when 226 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitoes, was directed to the medieval city center as houses there were mainly built of wood. The raid was to incorporate a new technique where, instead of bombers flying along a single path across the target, the bombers would bomb along a fan of paths over the city. The intention was to deliberately spread the bomb-load.
The attack started a fierce fire in the center and in the districts immediately to the south and east. The destruction of dwellings in this area was almost complete. The raid killed an estimated 12,300 inhabitants and rendered 66,000 homeless out of a total of 110,000 inhabitants. The RAF lost 12 Lancasters, 5.3 per cent of the Lancaster force. Darmstadt became one of the German cities with the highest rate of killed civilian population.

Royal Air Force Bomber Command 60th Anniversary Campaign Diary for September 1944 states:
The Darmstadt raid, with its extensive fire destruction and its heavy casualties, was held by the Germans to be an extreme example of RAF 'terror bombing' and is still a sensitive subject because of the absence of any major industries in the city. Bomber Command defended the raid by pointing out the railway communications passing through Darmstadt; the directive for the offensive against German communications had not yet been issued to Bomber Command, although advance notice of the directive may have been received. Darmstadt was simply one of Germany's medium-sized cities of lesser importance which succumbed to Bomber Command's improving area-attack techniques in the last months of the war when many of the larger cities were no longer worth bombing.