collateral damage

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 5 01:03:49 UTC 2010

He was probably merely being facetious in asserting that any injury
done to Japanese civilians during the bombings of Japan was merely
accidental. Unless, of course, he was lying his ass off.


On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> This quote would not be of much interest except that it may have been the
> first time an international TV audience had been exposed to the phrase.
> 1973 _The World at War_ (BBC TV) (Episode 24): You just couldn't avoid doing
> a lot of collateral damage to civilian areas.
> The speaker is Gen. Curtis LeMay, commenting on the bombing of Japan in
> 1945.
> JL
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