Friday 21 July 2017

Kevin Myers: Physical bravery is a trait of true warriors -- but only moral courage can bring about peace

Kevin Myers

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.

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