the publication of the article "Le capitalisme à l'oeuvre: le bombardement
de Dresde - février 1945" in Communisme No.42 (French), a reader
sent us some additional information which we have published below. This comrade's
notes confirm what we stated in the article, illustrating that there is nothing
to choose between the atrocities of the so-called anti-fascists and the fascists.
Whenever it is a question of annihilating masses of proletarians who are either
of no use to the State or are a danger to social peace, War and Science work
together in perfect harmony. The class in whose service they are working then
shows its true face: barbarity. Whatever democratic colours it wears -Nazi,
stalinist, liberal... - bourgeoisie always means torture.
"It is of greatest
importance to fight against the lies justifying the '39-'45 war, as stressed
by the article on the bombing of Dresden. However, it seemed to me that
the article had omitted certain details which could be very useful in showing
that the barbarity was in no way confined to one side.
The bomb attacks
on Hamburg, Kassel, Darmstadt and Brunswick had not been specifically designed
to provoke storms of fire, which had been an unexpected outcome of the bombing.
However, in Dresden, firestorms were the aim. This is evidenced by the choice
of bombs and the way in which they were used: explosive bombs were dropped
first, smashing windows and roofs and then incendiary bombs (which made
up 75% of the bombs carried by the first wave bombers), spreading fire throughout
the whole city, which, by then, had airstreams blowing violently across
The second wave
aimed at destroying the rescue brigades that were trying to save any that
could be saved, the fire brigades trying to put out the fire and the convoys
of trucks bringing aid. The rescuers were not only the target of the fighter-bombers,
but of a whole wave of bombers who had been given specific official orders
to destroy them. The fighters' official mission was to go in and `finish
the job' after the bombers had completed their attack.
(...) The Dresden-Klotzsche
aerodrome (where hundreds of planes remained firmly on the ground during
the whole bombing) (...) was totally spared by the bombers flying over it.
Thus a military objective, easily within reach of the bombers that were
supposed to attack only military targets, was left intact.
During the Nuremberg
trial (and while denouncing the Nazies' horrors), the US government (instigators
of the trial) integrated some Japanese scientists into their research teams
on bacteriological and chemical weapons. These scientists had already acted
extremely ruthlessly in occupied Chinese territory, carrying out experiments
in their research units on prisoners-of-war and on the Chinese population
on a large scale. They had tested the limits of human resistance to cold
and heat, means of spreading diseases amongst civilians (provoking a plague
epidemic in the region of Nankin by dropping containers full of contaminated
fleas) and other similar experiments. When Japan surrendered, the Americans
(who were lagging behind Russia in the field of bacteriological and chemical
warfare research) camouflaged their rehabilitation of these criminals by
sacrificing their Nazi alter-egos, who were less advanced in such research.
Therefore, the Nazi scientists were not made to pay for the horror of the
experiments they carried out, but for the fact that they had failed to produce
notes on the bombing of Dresden