Wednesday, March 01, 2006


The wings of the winds of God

You raised your hand for the assignment
Tuck those ribbons under your helmet
Be a good soldier...


Today's suicide bombers may invoke the name of their god before they self-destruct, but what of the kamikaze?

Mr Hamazono is certain that, had he been able to see his mission through to its conclusion, his final words would have had little to do with Japan's wartime state Shintoism or its spiritual figurehead.

"Mother ... that's the only word. You have only seconds left," he said. "The idea that we laughed in the face of death is a myth."

The Guardian, Tuesday February 28, 2006


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