Bombing your enemies just pisses them off  

puntachueca 107M
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7/27/2006 2:52 am

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Bombing your enemies just pisses them off

Ever since the invention of the airplane there has been this idea that one could bomb their enemies into surrender.

Hap Arnold, the first commanding general of what was then the US Army Air Froce, had the goal of winning WWII against Japan by bombing them into submission. Hence the fire bombing campaign of Gen. Curtis LeMay and the atomic attacks.

The Germans virtually leveled Leningrad and Stalingrad. And people surived and fought.

Their V2 rocket attacks on London just pissed off the English.

We dumped millions of tons of bombs on North Vietnam. They survived and fought.

We bombed the shit out of Iraq. And the insurgents are still fighting back.

Israel is bombing the shit out of Lebanon. Hezbollah is still firing rockets into Israel. Neither side is about to give it up.

In 60 years all that bombing campaigns have proven is it pisses people off and they somehow survive and fight even harder.

What do you think?

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papyrina 52F
21133 posts
7/27/2006 3:56 am

It would certainly piss me off,


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puntachueca replies on 7/27/2006 6:39 am:
I wonder when people will figure out boming isn't the way.

tracy_de_lacy 106F
9268 posts
7/27/2006 5:42 am

I think they should all be big and sort their disputes around a table. I just can't see where war solves anything cos it is never the politicians that are killed in a war...just the countries people.

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puntachueca replies on 7/27/2006 6:40 am:
right. if they want to fight..let the leaders do it one on one.

catkit13 67F

7/27/2006 6:58 am

put the women and the ground soldiers around a peace table - after its shape is agreed upon, of course (remember vietnam'e peace talks? not so funny then, i guess)
and get the white men in suits out of the loop


complexlysimple 35M

7/27/2006 4:42 pm

I dunno ...sometimes it pisses them off other times it gets the message through.

From what I've been taught -whether it's true or not- dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped end WWII ..and then bombs chased Iraq out of Kuwait, along with -seemingly- driving the Taliban out of mainstream Afghanistan...

but I agree it's not a long term solution ... that I think requires education and learning about each other... and a willingness to change on both parts


puntachueca replies on 7/28/2006 7:06 am:
I think the record is pretty clear that bombing doesn't win wars....troops on the ground does.

cairnsmale55 107M

7/27/2006 9:13 pm

I recently over hear a comment by a couple of tourists who were talking about events in the Middle East. ‘Nuke the lot’ one said, ‘It will take the guess work out of how long this civilization will survive’.


puntachueca replies on 7/28/2006 7:07 am:
that would be the worst thing we could do....they're still pissed off about the Crusades over there.

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
7/27/2006 11:59 pm

I don't see as it does much good. No matter who we bomb, or how many people are killed, the same old stuff is still happening. Nothing has changed. When we get rid of one tyrant, another is ready to take his place, and that will be the story for eternity. They will never get along.

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puntachueca replies on 7/28/2006 7:08 am:
Yep. The world is a nasty place.
I always thought it would be smarter to take out dictators right up front before they get a hold and the whole country has to be destroyed.

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
7/28/2006 7:34 pm

"Strategic Bombing" was discredited in WWII. I have no fucking clue why governments still try it. It only works when you have a large enemy force in open country or in military fortifications. But hey, what the fuck do I know? As for the rest of it, let the Isrealis do their thing, and get the fuck out of somebody elses' religious civil war.

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puntachueca replies on 7/29/2006 6:48 am:
Exactly.

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