Post by Christopher A. Lee
I think it was an off-course and possibly lost German bomber dumping
its load, which first bombed London. They couldn't be allowed to get
away with it so there was a symbolic response on Berlin and Hitler
lost his temper.
Luftwaffe planes occasionally got off course and bombed Ireland -
the 26-county part, which was neutral. Belfast was bombed on
Inflated casualty lists for Dresden pale when compared to the
Rape of Nanking, which isn't a patch on the extermination project
aimed at Jews, Roma, homosexuals, etc.
R. J. Rummel, a professor of political science at the University of
Hawaii, estimates that between 1937 and 1945, the Japanese military
murdered from nearly 3 to over 10 million people, most likely 6 million
Chinese, Koreans, Malaysians, Indonesians, Filipinos and Indochinese,
among others, including Western prisoners of war. According to Rummel,
"This democide [i.e., death by government] was due to a morally
bankrupt political and military strategy, military expediency and custom,
and national culture." According to Rummel, in China alone, during
1937–45, approximately 3.9 million Chinese were killed, mostly civilians,
as a direct result of the Japanese operations and a total of 10.2
million Chinese were killed in the course of the war. The most
infamous incident during this period was the Nanking Massacre of 1937–38,
when, according to the findings of the International Military Tribunal
for the Far East, the Japanese Army massacred as many as 300,000 civilians
and prisoners of war, although the accepted figure is somewhere in the
hundreds of thousands.
Japanese Imperial troops may not have killed as many civilians and
disarmed PoWs as the Nazis did the Jews and other persecuted groups,
but the upper bound is above the Reich's lower bound.