'Should have bombed it'
opens up an interesting discussion about President Bush's remark that the Allies should have bombed the railroad tracks
to Auschwitz during WWII. Showing regret and sorrow, the president clearly spoke from the gut and is absolutely right -- in hindsight. But such decisions are never so easy in real time. Here's a two-part question to make my point: How many of you believe in hindsight that we should have bombed the tracks in WWII and yet oppose bombing Iran's nuclear facilities today? The two scenarios are different. But there are eerie similarities too. ... To further complicate the real-time decisions we face today, consider these facts: The same president who launched a war in Iraq based on faulty assumptions warned less than five months ago of a possible future 'nuclear holocaust'
-- and then last week talked of bombing to prevent a previous Holocaust after pulling his secretary of state aside for a quickie history lesson on Roosevelt's decision. ... Criticize FDR all you want. But keep in mind all the criticisms are in hindsight. ...
FYI - Marvin Kalb tackled the bomb-or-not-to-bomb dilemma here
. I liked his Elie Wiesel quote about the difference between 'information' and 'knowledge.' But the Arthur Koestler quote is more damning. ... FYI II - I oppose bombing Iran. But I can't be proven wrong or right until we have hindsight. So easy on the criticism. ...Update
- I liked David's post. But some of the comments to his post are wacko. Unless you think bombing IBM's tabulating-machine subsidiary would have helped. ...