Sunday, August 14, 2005

Lake Germany

Nuclear weapons have taken all the fun out of warfare.

Just recently, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Nothing big, just me and some of the guys. Had a couple beers, set ourselves on fire, walked aimlessly in long files, moaning.

What can be said about this particular work of government psychosis, really? Well, first of all, the Americans did it. Their reasons for doing it don’t make much sense, not even within the, granted, insane context of the Second World War. So the Japanese were as bad as the Nazis. So an invasion of Japan would have been a nightmare, much worse than D-day. So the use of the atomic bomb shortened the war with at least six months.

So what? It was still a dishonorable atrocity.

They clearly did it for two reasons: 1) They wanted to test the thing on human beings. 2) They didn’t want to test it on white people, so they tested it on the chinks. Oh, sorry – did I say chinks? I meant gooks.

Knowing what we do now about the long-term effects of a nuclear weapon, would they still have used it on the Japanese? Probably. If they’d had it sooner, could they possibly have used it on Dresden? On Rome? On Berlin? Probably not. In fact, it’s almost unthinkable. No chinks in any of those places.

The BBC, self-appointed planetary beacon of truth, sense and reason, chose a funny angle when they marked the occasion. They had a young, German academic explain how Hiroshima had really clouded the issues of responsibility and guilt after the war. Somehow, in his view, the Japanese had gotten off lightly because of it.

Yeah.

Maybe – and this is just me thinking aloud – maybe the Germans should shut the fuck up when it comes to Hiroshima. Do I mean to imply that the generation of Germans born after the war is somehow responsible for the sins of its fathers? No, I simply mean to imply that if it hadn’t been for the fact that the Germans are white, there could have been a huge hole in the middle of Europe.

In some ways, that might have been nice. We could go sailing on it in the summer. We could go skating on it in the winter.

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2 Comments:

Blogger MGL said...

Amen!

(Oh, hey, check this out)

Another perk with Lake Germany: the fishing would probably be...interesting.

5:24 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

But then Jutland would be the biggest Danish island. It's just not worth it.

1:11 am  

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