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Hiroshima on My Mind

These “civilians” are not “innocent.”
Hiroshima My Love

Photo Credit: Yori Yanover (based on "Dr. Strangelove")

The Spokesman for the IDF is constantly announcing that the Israeli Air Force is doing pinpoint bombing in order to protect innocent civilians. Prime Minister Netanyahu also says that Israel deserves praise for the care it is taking not to injure innocent civilians.

Apparently to them, these “civilians” are “innocent” even though they house grad rocket launchers in their homes, and it’s their fathers and brothers who are doing the firing. In the meantime, we are bombing evacuated warehouses and underground tunnels, and the Gazans keep firing away, not at all worried about being hit. In the 200 plus forays our fighter bombers have made over Gaza, maybe 20 people have been killed and a couple dozen wounded. Peanuts. So the innocent civilians keep shooting away.

Whose approval are we trying to win? Has America or the United Nations applauded us on our great sense of morality and fair play? Has France or Russia? You’ve got to be kidding. In their heart of hearts, they think that we’re jerks. No one fights a war this way.

Calculations of the death-toll from the Anglo-American bombing of Dresden in February 1945 have varied widely. Figures have ranged from 35,000 through 100,000 and more. The German city of Dresden had a population of three quarters of a million people, plus hordes of anonymous refugees from the Eastern Front. It was destroyed in one night by Allied aircraft armed with more than 4,500 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs. The devastated area amounted to around 13 square miles – not much different from the size of Gaza. The victims weren’t Nazi soldiers but innocent civilians. No one said a word.

Toward the end of World War 2, following a firebombing campaign that destroyed many Japanese cities, the Allies prepared for a costly invasion of Japan, knowing that thousands of American soldiers would be killed. To avoid this, American airmen dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, immediately killing 66,000 innocent civilians. Then they dropped the “Fat Man” bomb over Nagasaki on 9 August, killing 40,000. Six days later, the Japanese surrendered without the loss of one American soldier in Japan. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. Once again, no one said a word.

If you ask me, it’s time we took a lesson from the goyim. Before even one of our soldiers steps foot in Gaza, instead of bombing vacant warehouses and tunnels, we should level a few eight-story buildings filled with “innocent civilians.” That will stops the rockets, believe me.

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." For the past several years, he has written a popular and controversial blog at Arutz 7. A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press

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63 Responses to “Hiroshima on My Mind”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    To better understand this war and in fact all wars, one should read "War and Peace" The Teachings of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook.
    Obviously, throughout war history, the annihilation of Bismarks, Fredericks, Hitlers, Mussolinis and Hirohitos brings a cleansing to the world. IMO, the annihilation of the Islamic Jihads would do the same cleansing to the world; however, the only problem is that the main supporter of Islamic Jihad via the Muslim Brotherhood is Obama.

    Now if you American Obama supporting Jews would repent and come to live a Torah life in Israel, things would be a lot better and so would your ideas about what is going on in Israel at this time.

  2. Hadar Israel says:

    Tzvi Fishman expressed only a Torah-netto position.
    It is shameful that someone fabricated a Stanley Kubrick inspired image manipulation and put it on a Jewish paper to do a character assassination on a Jew who, in simple words, expressed what Torah teaches to be appropriate behavior in war: preserve OUR soldiers' and our kids' lives and make the war shorter by killing the most enemies in the safest of ways. That is: make Jewish lives precious by making the consequences of attacking us UNBEARABLE FOR THE ENEMY AND THEIR SUPPORTERS.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    " Hitler was VOTED by also by the women and the men above military age who rightly were burnt in Dresden and Hamburg and in all the rest of Germany!"

    You are displaying ignorance in addition to your acceptance of deliberately targeting civilians in war. The best the Nazis ever managed in a free election was 37% of the vote. And Hitler had LOST the 1932 German Presidential election. The problem was that every non-Socialist member of the Reichstag voted in 1933 to give the Nazis dictatorial powers, not that the voters had approved the Nazis.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    I've not brought up Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

  5. Liad Bar-el says:

    Charlie when are you going to change your name to Mohammed like the rest of your family?
    With the little that you know about Jewish ethics and law, or even if you do not know anything at all about Jewish ethics and law which is more likely being that you married out of the faith to an Arab, you should have learned that (by Jewish Law) a warning should be given to those (who claim to be) innocent civilians. Such a warning was given to all the people in Gaza by Israel. If anybody chose not to leave the battle field and chose rather to stay with the shooting murderous terrorists, then they are to be considered combatants, not innocent civilians. If they bring their children with them into battle, it’s their choice which should give you and everyone else the extent as to how murderous they are.

    Rabbi Kook in his book, War and Peace, deals with this issue of collective killings by bombs, etc during war and should be read by everyone. What Rav Kook has to say would certainly shut your mouth and the mouths of all the leftists and Arabs that want us dead. Tzvi helped write this book in English; so, he knows Rav Kook’s teachings. I agree with Tzvi and with Rav Kook. Send the big bomb and cleanse Israel of evil.

  6. Charlie, the real loons came out tonight.

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    "If anybody chose not to leave the battle field "

    Gazans are not being given the choice to leave by Hamas. You propose cold blooded murder of the very people our enemies persecute. In that you have become just like those enemies. It is very sad.

    And for the record, my wife is Jewish.

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    " Let’s understand what the precipitating event here was that’s causing the current crisis, and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles; they were landing not just in Israeli territory, but in areas that are populated. And there’s no
    country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. So we are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. And we will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself."

    Barack H. Obama, 11/18/2012


    Precisely how is this not backing Israel???

  9. Fred Nolastnamegiven says:

    Empty words. Put your hope in someone that said this?: In “Audacity of Hope” Obama writes: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope". So which is it?

  10. Anthony Altman says:

    The bible says 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." If this is so, we will all be blind and toothless before long. I hate violence. It always seems to beget more violence. Is there not another solution? Like Israel switching off Gaza's electricity, water and no more food supplies? Together with pinpoint bombing, maybe they will get the message. Regrettably, the Muslim Radical Mentality is such that there is no reasoning, no logic, no truth, and no possibility for peace because they do not want it. They want, instead, to kill the Jews and kick them out of this land they feel is theirs. If all fails, then, I suppose the IDF must do what it must do. The present situation is untenable.

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