By Greg Smith
The most obvious indication of the grave error the College of Cardinals made in elevating a nondescript South American leftist to the papacy came in late June when Pope Francis simultaneously said arms makers cannot be Christian while criticizing the Allied powers in World War Two for not bombing rail lines that led to German concentration camps.
“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals,” Francis said. “Tell me, why didn’t they bomb those railroad routes?”
In his mind if you are at all involved in building weapons you can’t be a Christian, but if you advocate using weapons you can be head of the Church. That brain must be a comfortable place to reside.
A pope should be, first and foremost, a scholar and theologian, and this man is neither. Jorge Mario Bergogli should be teaching in a community college, leading fellow soft minds in rhetorical attacks on the hands that feed him; where whatever sounds good actually is; where criticizing the judgments of political and military leaders requires no knowledge of history, military economy, strategy or tactics because nobody who knows better could hear him.
Why didn’t they bomb those railroads? Well Jorge, let us think about it.
The militaries that fought in World War Two did not possess smart bombs. For bombing raids to have any hope of being effective hundreds of bombers with fighters as escorts had to be sent. These raids required thousands of airmen – who each required considerable training — enormous amounts of materiel support such as engines, fuel, bombs and ammunition, tires. Supplying all the needed items required an enormous industrial and logistical process, mostly from across the Atlantic Ocean which was infested with German submarines until late 1943. Much of what was shipped never reached Europe.
Putting such an enormous amount of resources into a bombing mission gave no promise of hitting a target. Allied raids on pinpoint targets even in daytime were more a miss than hit affair, usually off by at least hundreds of feet. The Allies simply did not have the ability to accurately hit specific targets, yet bomber and crew losses were quite heavy.
Even if Allied bombers could have hit those rail lines regularly, it takes little time or resources to repair 50, 100 or 200 feet of track. It takes a relatively small amount of steel, wood and gravel. Germany industry proved quite resilient at repairing damage to much more complicated and expensive facilities. The bombing runs Jorge Mario Bergogli belatedly advocates would have cost the Allies hundreds of times more in resources than those required by Germany to repair the damage caused. The Allies simply did not have anywhere near that level of economic advantage.
The best way to stop the Holocaust was to end the war, which required an intelligent use of military resources. Bombing raids on oil facilities and German cities saved a lot more Jews, Roma and homosexuals than spending $250 million to destroy $1 million worth of railroads.
Jorge Mario Bergogli believes in a world where what sounds good is good. The simple fact is if the Allies had followed that rationale, today there might not be a Jew, Roma or homosexual in all of Europe, North Africa or western Asia. And the latter half of the 20th Century would have been a much darker place. ©
Greg Smith is a freelance writer and political consultant who lives in Bantam, CT. His blog is found at www.betterfatthanfascist.com.