Another rabid dog has rammed his lorry, truck, whatever, into a crowd of passersby. Dead? Several? Injured? More? Where? Stockholm. I searched my memory. Was Sweden a colonial power? No. Involved in slavery? Probably not. Crimes of war? No. Well, some of their descendants conquered England in 1066, but I’m sure there is a statute of limitations on that. Let’s cut to the chase. Once more, a rabid dog has killed civilians. How long will we endure? Until WWIII? The following photos come from my father’s archives. Taken in 1948, they show scenes of Le Havre, a major harbour on the French North Coast, before and after WWII and the Allied bombings.
Place Gambetta, le Havre. The only thing standing after the bombings are the lampposts and the statue on the right, probably a memorial to WWI, judging by its style. Look closely to the right on the upper photo.
This morning 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean. Target? A Syrian Army base. I’m sure they are very scared. Now, I wonder: why 59? Why not 60? A round number. Or 55? Or 70? Why a Syrian Army base and not the Presidential Palace, where butcher El-Assad is?
Couldn’t make my father’s handwriting at the back of these two. I suspect it is the same “Place Gambetta”, to the right of the first pictures. Same statue in the centre.
Earlier this week, “someone” dropped what is likely Sarin gas on civilians in Syria. Children died in atrocious suffering. Sarin is a nasty beast. But no-one did it. Cross my heart.
L‘Hotel de ville. City Hall, Le havre. More French possibly died under the Allied bombings than at the hands of the Nazis. No hard feelings. Just a fact. Air raids, on whatever strategic targets always claim mostly civilian lives. Not very “efficient”, military-wise, but still is high usage.
Was it this week too, that another dog put a bomb in the Saint-Petersburg Metro?
Le Théâtre, the Theatre, le Havre. The angles are slightly different but one can recognize the round roof of the theatre in the second picture. In the midst of the rubble. An estimated 75,000 French civilians were killed under Allied bombings, 300,000 injured or maimed. In Germany, more than 600,000 civilians were killed under the bombings. Overall in WWII? 60 million dead? How many will there be in WWIII? One or two Billions?
Meanwhile, the Eiffel tower will turned off again tonight as an hommage to the fallen in Sweden. Big deal.
I urge you to listen to the following video by journalist Lucy Aharish. Only two minutes. No horror images. Just plain words. And reflection.
To be honest, ever since the Charlie Hebdo killings I have found it increasingly… difficult to post on “mundane” topics. Nothing wrong with going on with our lives. In fact it is probably the only response any of us has against the mounting barbary. No fear. Go on with our lives. But some days, some days, I just can’t take it any more. Next week is Holy week for many. I will take advantage of that to take a break from blogging. And think. And to all of you: watch your back wherever you are.