The letters of both Edwin Schmidt [July 28] and E. T. Herndon [Aug. 8] regarding the Allied bombing of Cologne are more than a trifle worrying. Are we, 60 years after the start of World War II, now attempting to explain that Herr Hitler was on the right track when he unleashed "Blitzkrieg" against Poland -- and later, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway and Britain?
Only when the Royal Air Force started to bomb the German homeland in response to the many raids against British civilian homes do we start to read how terrible it all was! Like Mr. Schmidt, I too feel qualified to comment, as I spent the whole of the war in London.
In response to Mr. Herndon, I would point out that the German raid on Coventry took place on the night of Nov. 14, 1940. Four hundred and twenty-two people were killed. All this took place some time before any heavy raids by the RAF on Germany.
I am afraid I cannot agree with Mr. Schmidt's comment that selective strikes in the recent war in the Balkans were humane compared with Europe 60 years ago. If you were in Yugoslavia, I reckon it was no better than London or Cologne for a civilian. War is wrong -- no matter how you decide to wage it.
A. J. PULLIN
E. T. Herndon's letter on bombing during World War II must have omitted the paragraph that read:
"Also, Hitler showed no compunction about wiping out cities where there was no possibility of retaliation."
Surely Mr. Herndon must remember Warsaw, Rotterdam and Guernica, all well before the air war with Britain."