Hmmm……i don’t know about this, Arnold. Sure, the phrase roles off the tongue rather nicely but have you considered how offensive it might be to some folk. I’m no PC kind of guy and perhaps I’m being overly cautious but……
Does the phrase still have the same feel if you change the parties:
“I, for one, would be filled with glee to hear that you did her like Hitler did the Jews but you gotta follow your own conscience.”
“I, for one, would be filled with glee to hear that you did her like the Germans did the Warsaw Ghetto, but you gotta follow your own conscience.”
“I, for one, would be filled with glee to hear that you did her like the Committee did Tienanmen Square, but you gotta follow your own conscience.”
“I, for one, would be filled with glee to hear that you did her like the Chinese did Tibetan Monastery’s, but you gotta follow your own conscience.”
Seems uncomfortable to me.
As to why Dresden: I’ve always been inclined to think the overriding policy of the Allies at that particular stage was to not aid the Soviets advance. Of course, we couldn’t be seen to hinder them but it’s important to remember, I think, that the name of the game was land grabbing. Churchill certainly, by this point, understood the likely post-war geography of Europe and that (what was to become known as) the Iron Curtain would divide the continent after the defeat of Germany. It is possible to see Dresden as (literally) the least we could do.
That context (hidden agenda) makes it easier, for me, to understand how Dresden remained relatively undamaged until then – it was not, nor had ever been, a high-priority military target. Sure, it was one of the Soviet desired options (because of the railhead to the Eastern Front) but the raid concentrated on the city centre. There were other more ‘helpful’ targets.
By implication, it would then be easier to discern that the decision to destroy Dresden came from the very top – it was more political than strategic in its design. I think the ultimate decision must rest with Churchill.
As to Churchill’s culpability, I’m not sure he (or anyone within the Allied Command) understood what would be the actual effect of the raid on the population. His first hand experience was of the Blitz and while that was seriously unpleasant, Londoners (or other city dwellers) did not, generally speaking, die in a ‘firestorm’ from suffocation. This was the fate of the majority of the victims at Dresden – I’m not sure Churchill could have understood how the greater intensity of the raid would create the circumstances that lead to mass suffocation.