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Why does it seem like these guys were brave but terrorist that blow themselves up aren’t Brave? Or are the kamikazes just as lame?
Why is he carrying a pistol though?
>The diaries of these young men offer eloquent testimony that contradicts both the stereotype held outside of Japan and the propaganda circulated by the Japanese military: that tokkōtai pilots died happily for the emperor. Some, like Sasaki Hachirō and Hayashi Tadao, rejected and defied the emperor-centered ideology outright. Others tried to accept it but were unable to do so. As Hayashi Ichizō put it: “There must be some peace of mind for dedicating my life to the emperor. . . . To be honest, I cannot say that the wish to die for the emperor is genuine, coming from my heart. However, it is decided for me that I die for the emperor.”
>Having no choice except to go through with their assigned mission, the tokkōtai pilots reproduced the imperialist ideology in action while refusing or failing to embrace it in thought.
*Don’t know if comparing the actions of uniformed military personnel attacking military targets with those of current day civilian terrorist attacking soft civilian targets is a valid comparison.*
Regardless, I wouldn’t use the adjective ‘brave’ to describe the actions of either group.
Surely the fact that it is his last mission is implied.
“Gonna smash myself into an American ship, better make sure I have my life vest and side arm.”
I’m guessing it was his first Kamikaze mission too.
I would love to see the original image, the colorization on this one is distractingly bad.