Magazine May 2, 2011, Issue

A Just War

From the cover of Moral Combat (Harper)
Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II, by Michael Burleigh (Harper, 672 pp., $29.99)

World War II has always been presented as “a good war” from the point of view of the Allies, who strove to destroy the undeniably great evil of Fascism, but was it? A number of revisionist historians have attempted in recent years to portray the Allied destruction of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki as being morally equivalent to the Nazi and Japanese atrocities, with the intent of arraigning Western leaders such as Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as war criminals. Scarcely a month goes by without another attempt of this nature, and they rarely fail to find sympathetic reviewers in the

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