Thanks for the replies everyone. Just like to clear a couple of things up:
So, why did you edit my post? from 'shot down and killed over Dresden', to just 'shot down over Dresden', did it suit you better?
I though that the context of the original post, a family remembering someone who was shot down implied that they had been killed, but it looks like I was wrong. For that I apologise and if I could go back and edit my post I would. My point, which stays the same with or without the word killed, was to contrast two points of view, one who mourned all dead and one who thought little of the opposition. If your post was meant tongue in cheek and you don't think all 25,000 people who died in one raid on Dresden were 'bastids' then I missed that implication and again I apologise. Again, if the raid you mention was solely on military targets, I apologise. I just think the word 'soldiers' would have sounded better.
Why do the opinions of a load of randoms on a cycling website count in forming yours?
I find it hard to form an opinion all by myself and find the opinion of others helps me to come to a more balanced, informed conclusion. You see a forum full of randoms, I see a collection of varied opinions from a wider range of people than I would be able to talk to, for example, in the pub
Further, I do have an opinion, I'd just like to see if anything said here helps me develop it. I think all dead should be remembered as a sad waste of life. I find the honouring part difficult. Killing is killing. We honour people because their ideal or beliefs coincide with ours. The Holocaust makes finding homour in the second world war easier (and with good reason), other conflicts, at least for me, are less clear cut. This has more to do with our leaders than the front-liners.
I know, I know, I struggle with long sentences.