Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris
As was alluded to in comments, Bomber Harris is just around the corner from Samuel Johnson. The man credited with carpet bombing whole swathes of Germany in WWII is often reviled and even cast as a war criminal these days. Now I know that the indiscriminate bombing of Dresden, for example, is different but even know we seem able to countenance bombing our enemies, just as long as we think they are bad enough, and there is some PR puff about the accuracy of the targeting. I'm just glad I didn't have to make any decisions back then. Oh yes, and the anniversary of his death was yesterday.