“yes, I would do it again” – an interview with the last living crew of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
picture: Enola Gay and the Little Boy
“We knew there was something special going on,” he says. “You couldn’t be in the 509th and not know something was up. They told us we were going out to do something that would either end or significantly shorten the war. They told us that the weapon we were going to drop would destroy an entire city.”
The account left me moved – as a human, how can we justify a killing of other simply to achieve something. Has everything been thought of before that demonise action was taken? Dresden was another case that left my heart torn. What similar in Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were that – there cities were not bombed because their military but the aim was to create absolute chao and demoralise the countries’ will to fight. All of them were civilian cities with Dresden being the only city at that time that were untouched by the bombing before, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were similar.
Reading about Dresden left me paralysed – they knew that the city was occupied by civilian, they set out strategy: Firestorm bombing (technique invented by the British RAF to create fire which cause air to rise, creating rush of air at ground level that would suck people into the fire and reduce oxygen level), they gave no specific targets to bomb – anywhere in the city area would do. The bombing claim 30,000-100,000 lives (depends on whose account). The killing was planned and meditate. Those humans who were behind this know about the consequence.
I just felt numb. Human has that ability to isolate emotion and guilt. And tragedy like these would still have a chance to occur if we don’t change. And one day, it might be us who other read about.
Picture: the Firestorm of Dresden
“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”