Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A century

"[It] is a vast military centre and militarily defended city in every sense of the laws of war, written or unwritten, as applicable to aerial warfare. We have no wish to destroy indiscriminately or to injure or kill women and children, or other non-combatants"

Israel Spokesperson? Hamas spokesperson?

No, German Zeppelin commander in World War I, called Mathy, talking about London. This is a man who commanded a raid that killed 109 civilians exclusively by dropping small incendiary bombs on Russell Square, through Clerkenwell and on into Hoxton - densely populated civilian areas all. On Portpool Lane a high explosive bomb killed four children and injured six adults.

A night earlier, another Zeppelin had bombed its way along the Kingsland Road from 10,000'. No military targets were in view.

Mathy claimed the British had posted an anti-aircraft gun under Saint Paul's, trying to use a historic monument as a shield. The British deny this. Sounding familiar?

In fact, if you travel on the C2 bus, you pass Regent's Park barracks, and then, onwards a little, less than two hundred yards i.e. missing distance) is a Church and an Infants school. Is the British government cowardly hiding it's military installations in civilian areas? or doesn't that matter, they'll be bombed anyway.

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