[lit-ideas] Just wondering

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 19:51:03 -0500

What's the difference between the thousands of Japanese Kamikaze pilots of WWII 
and today's Islamist suicide bombers?  The Kamikazes (the "Divine Wind") were 
awarded the Shinto equivalent of keys to heaven.  The mind bending brutality of 
Nan King.  What about hari kari?  What kind of societal mindset requires one to 
eviscerate one's self for purposes of honor?  And for all of that, Japan is 
considered civilized.  Eric, any ideas?  

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