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Old 01-10-2020, 06:11 AM   #414 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MeteorGray View Post
Well, I got to say that is mighty thin soup to serve in an attempt to find any equivalency in what a handful of Allied pilots may have done vs the Japanese policy to specifically obtain, train and send thousands of pilots on suicide missions. The Japanese had a culture that accommodated such activity, which also resulted in such activities as Banzai charges as a last desperate attempt to avoid capture during the island campaigns.
True, but it is also true that the prearranged suicide missions only started when Japan was facing an impossible situation, namely the loss of most of their carrier fleet and the inability to make up for that. So they occupied most of the western Pacific ocean but were extremely vulnerable at the same time, inevitably coming under siege. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so it happened.

From Japanese WW2 perspective they were heroes defending their land while paying the ultimate price.
In hindsight it was bad for all, never mind perspective, as the war could have ended earlier without kamikaze with less casualties on all sides.
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