Two war fronts 66 years apart

ONE:  Libya’s rebels take revenge, by John Lyons in The Weekend Australian, 5-6 November 2011

SITTING in their home on the outskirts of Tripoli, a Libyan family is afraid. Their fear is that a knock on the door could come from the rebel militias that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. This situation is extraordinary. Only weeks ago, these people were enthusiastic supporters of the uprising against the Gaddafi regime. One of the members of the family sitting in the living room was a rebel fighter. He spent two days in a gunfight in Tripoli battling the bodyguards of Gaddafi’s son Mutassim, and still keeps a Kalashnikov in the boot of his car. FOR THE REST SEE

Hiroshima–Pic from Getty Images

TWO:  When the flames of hell rained on Japan, by Paul Ham in The Weekend Australian, 5-6 November 2011

GENERAL Curtis LeMay, commanding XXI Bomber Command, led America’s strategic air offensive against the Japanese home islands and earned the cold respect, if not the affection, of the pilots in his charge. He had flown, with courage and skill, several air raids against the Germans in 1943; he was willing to do so overJapan, and would have done so had not his knowledge of S-1 – the atomic bomb development project – grounded him at the US air base in Saipan; his superiors could not risk the secret’s extraction under torture. FOR THE RESTS. SEE

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