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Moral bombing?

Area bombing of German cities in the second world war was unnecessary, but was not a crime. Sometimes ends can justify means

By Michael Axworthy   March 2006

Among the Dead Cities by AC Grayling (Bloomsbury, £20)

At the beginning of this excellent book on the morality of area bombing in the second world war, AC Grayling explains the origins of his personal interest in the aerial war between 1939 and 1945. As a small boy in the 1950s, he fantasised about being a fighter pilot in the battle of Britain. He made model aircraft from kits and knew all the different varieties of fighters and bombers on both sides. Like him and thousands of others, I did the same-and in that…

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