[October 18, 2022] Lately, I’ve been reading about the waves of “suicide drones” attacking Ukraine cities. For example, an AP article (link here) described people scurrying for shelter when the explosive-laden drones come, and the drones come in waves. I believe most folks recall from history the Nazi V-rockets that rained down on England during WWII. The similarities are eerie.
The impact of the V-rockets on England, mainly in London, can be remembered best in photos from that era. Starting with the “flying bomb” or “buzz bomb,” the V-1 was considered a vengeance weapon in retaliation for the Allies bombing German cities. Russian President Vladimir Putin is using suicide drones in retaliation against Ukraine for damaging the Crimea Bridge on October 8th of this year and to push back on the recent Ukrainian military offensive. All this sounds very familiar.
The original V-rocket, the V-1, was powered by a pulsejet engine that gave it a buzzing sound. The Iranian-built suicide drones also make a buzzing sound from their two-stroke internal combustion engine. England, during WWII and Ukraine, in their current war, were forced to develop air defense capabilities. The buzzing sound of these bombs created a memory that symbolizes the evil use of technology for the killing of civilians.
Let’s be very clear, civilians and civilian infrastructure are the targets of both the Nazi V-rocket and the Iranian-made suicide drones. The ingenuity of the British and now the Ukrainians to defend themselves from such weapons is the hallmark of human tenacity and ingenuity.
Russia is not Nazi Germany. While their conduct of war is similar, the destruction their military has delivered is striking. Both are evil empires.
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