'kamikaze'

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    Tokkotai (the real name, not 'kamikaze') pilots were not, despite popular impression, akin to the suicide bombers of radical Islam today. Of the 4000 or so young men conscripted into service and 'volunteered' for this duty, about 1000 were drawn from the best schools in the country and were highly educated. These young men left behind extensive writings that indicate a complex and tortured struggle between their intellectual foundation, will to live, patriotism, rejection of the war itself, and accpetance of the finiteness of life that do not fit the broad characterizations of popular conceptions about this aspect of WWII.
     
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    They believed their Emperor to be God. He ordered them to die for him, they died for him.
     
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    Interesting topic.
     
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    Those Kamikaze pilots were young college students who had to be drafted to make up for the manpower shortage in the final phase of the Second World War and they were not well-trained pilots and their only way to contribute to Japan's war efforts was a suicide mission and the pilots did not even know how to land a plane as they were only trained for takeoffs and basic flight maneuvers just like the 9/11 hijackers.
     
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    Sounds like the suicide bombers of radical Islam to me.
     
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    They were meatheads. They would have made great military officers in The Great Satan.
     
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    Not at all that simple. That's what I'm trying to tell you.
     
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    The only difference between the two is method and motive.

    The end result for both is exactly the same.
     
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    Would the suicide bombers of radical Islam write something like:

    "I do not want to die...I want to live...I feel so lonely..."


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    "I pray we will see the day as soon as possible when we welcome a world in which we do not have to kill enemies whom we cannot hate."

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    "I resolutely declare my antiwar stance."


    All taken directly from the diaries young tokkotai pilots.
     
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    It's clear that you admire one group and despise the other.
     
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