Before we leave St Clements, I'd like to show you the statue of "Bomber Harris", just outside. He headed up bomber command in WWII. In today's revisionist world he is vilified alomst as if it were he that was responsible for the flattening of Dresden. But for me, that search to sully reputations of people long dead just serves to take our minds away from the people who were truly responsible for all the horrors of the world - people like you and me.
We cannot understand the actions of the past with the feelings of the present. People lived and died with different priorities. We think ours are better, but I hope that our children will condemn us in the same way as we censure those that went before, because our children will be better.
I would much rather that the incendary bombing that was used to obliterate cities had not happened - I would much rather that many things done duuring war had not happened. But they did, and we blame others and forget at our peril.
[[kicks soapboax out the way to make room for some fine stuff tomorrow]]