If the British had followed “The halachic duty to avoid civilian casualties” ( JC, May 9), and had refused to carpet-bomb cities in Germany, a nation vowed on destroying Britain, because it was “collective punishment” and was killing “innocent civilians”, we’d be all be speaking German now — those of us that survived. Amnon Goldberg Safed, Israel Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.