Kevin Myers: Physical bravery is a trait of true warriors -- but only moral courage can bring about peace
Published 12/03/2010 | 05:00
IF you read the kind of stuff that I read, you sometimes get strange dreams. And so I woke the other morning before dawn, convinced that I was a Luftwaffe pilot trying to land my Wilde Sau Focke-Wulf Fw190 in the middle of the night. Yes, I know that much of what follows will be a mystery to those few readers still with me: but what matter!
Let us now honour brave men -- and there were none braver than the Luftwaffe pilots of the single-engine night fighters defending the Reich 66 years ago. If I were to say this in Germany or Austria, I could go to jail. Here in Kildare, we do not yet have such mad laws.
Let me tell you about the Wilde Sau Focke-Wulf Fw190. The term Wilde Sau ('wild boar') refers to the Luftwaffe tactic of deploying single-engine, pilot-only fighters to shoot down British night bombers.