Whatever happened to "support our troops?"
Upon the death of Enola Gay
pilot, Paul Tibbets Jr., at the age of 92, the commercial media have taken some cheap shots at his military service, such as
Decades later, he said he never regretted dropping the bomb despite the devastating toll.ARTICLE
Yeah, "decades later." I'll add a little info here and say unreleased video from the 50's reveals intense remorse from Tibbets for dropping the bomb. The clip can be found in the HBO Documentary White Light, Black Rain.
Why he would be stupid enough -- or manipulated enough -- to do an air show reenactment
I don't know, but the story isn't as simple as the man was a psychopath. But I'm sure the people who gave him his orders -- the true psychopaths in this case -- don't mind.
Fearful of protesters, [Tibbets] requested that no funeral arrangements be made and no headstone mark his gravesite.
Does that sound like a man with no regrets?LINK: fourth paragraph down from the top
I also find the following AP article ironic. The traditional argument in support of dropping the bomb has been that it saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. But when Paul Tibbets supports this traditional argument, the article leans toward faulting Tibbets reasoning. Can you imagine the same article faulting any given President's bomb-drop reasoning?
The article starts with such comments as
[Tibbets passed away] after six decades of steadfastly defending the mission
Tibbets seemed more troubled by other people's objections to the bomb than by him having led the crew that killed tens of thousands of Japanese in a single stroke.
Yes, he led the crew, but who gave the order? And whatever happened to "support our troops?"
And [Tibbets] insisted he slept just fine, believing with certainty that using the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved more lives than they erased . . .
Is AP questioning the conscience of all
the U.S. troops involved in WWII? Or is it just Tibbets who they're attacking? Why?
After these attacks have been taken care of, only then does the article get around to reporting the other side of the story:
"I'm not proud that I killed 80,000 people, but I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did," he said in a 1975 interview.
'What they needed was someone who could do this and not flinch — and that was me. . . .'
"You've got to take stock and assess the situation at that time. We were at war. ... You use anything at your disposal."
The truth of the American media is they don't
support the troops; they write what that they're told to write -- like good soldiers. And they "sleep clearly" as the uninformed masses suffer needlessly, all the way to the grave.
I don't see a moral solid ground anywhere for bashing Tibbets. We fucking ordered him to do it; and there are tens of thousands of "Tibbets" in missile silos all over this goddamn planet right now
with their hands on those keys. And what does the media have to say about that? Not a goddamn thing.