Madrid Bombings

This article posted regarding the train bombings in Madrid in 2004 discussed how the thoughts and ideologies of terrorist groups on a global scale are changing after the events of 9/11. Before the train bombing, the ETA would normally warn the government about a bombing or incident to come. In this attack there was no warning. This style of terrorism reflects the behaviors of those used by the terrorist group Al-Quieda. Since the devastating attacks in New York on 9/11, there have been several changes in the way acts of terror are carried out. The attacks seem to have been planned out more thoroughly and made to “show off” in a sense the attacker’s skill. The reason behind this new style of attack is that after 9/11 and the immense amount of media attention that was brought forth from it, the other global terrorist groups wanted to follow in the footsteps of Al-Quieda and bring a greater amount of media attention to their causes. With these changes taking place, terrorist attacks of the future could result in more of a shock and awe effect on the victims and cause more casualties.

Dresden, the Inferno

In 1943 and 1944, the Allied Commanders decided that bombing of the German cities would be escalated. These massive bombing campaigns would be organized to break the morale of the German people, to cripple their production abilities, and weaken the German War Machine making victory for the Allies easier. The big cities were targeted to be flattened, Berlin, Emmerich, Rees, Xanteen, Wesel, Worms. The British and Americans then carried out their campaigns, the British by night and the Americans by day. Relentless round the clock bombings took place in Germany with extreme devastation. Thousands upon thousands of German civilians were killed in the bombings, and the Allies had almost planned for it to be that way. They had wanted the German ability to rebuild and remanufacture to be halted and cut off, and civilian casualties were the way to obtain this upper hand. One such example of mass devastation of a city aside from Berlin is the town of Dresden. When the British and Americans began the bombardment at 10pm, a massive firestorm began to rage. As the townspeople began to come out of their scorching hot bomb shelters, the second wave commenced. Then the third followed as people below frantically tried to evade the destruction. The winds being pulled in from the surrounding area of Dresden during the fire was so strong, it was designated as hurricane force winds. The fire in Dresden would last for several days, and the destruction of the town was almost total. This bombing campaign of the Allies caused widespread annihilation of the German towns and of its people, and some towns such as Dresden still remember what it was like to live through the night of fire.