Can you believe this shit?? Grab an air-sickness bag for it all...
SOUTH BERWICK (AP) - Even the staunchest opponents of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq are loathe to take issue with World War II, the quintessential conflict between good and evil that became the model of a morally just war that saved civilization.
So it's no surprise that novelist Nicholson Baker's latest venture into nonfiction, "Human Smoke," has stirred up strong feelings. After all, he questions the popular notion of the just war and indicates that Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt share blame with Adolf Hitler in setting the stage for the deadliest and most destructive war in history.
.....Baker said he was surprised and shocked at the way Churchill responded to Hitler's attacks on Poland and other neighboring states by launching a relentless bombing campaign against German cities as well as a blockade that was designed to starve the enemy into submission."He was acting like a bloodthirsty maniac during that period. That has to go back on the record in all of its unpleasantness. We can't learn from a hero like that. It's a mistake to say that because Hitler was bad, we have to clean up the image of Churchill. Churchill was also bad. There's no equivalence. Moral equivalence is a complete mistake," Baker said.
Baker maintains that Churchill's bellicose actions and Roosevelt's eagerness to supply Britain with ships and planes served only to prop up Hitler's standing with the German people and strengthen his hold on the country.