Some stupid tourism jerk in the Philippines has set up a heroic kamikaze memorial to attract, I guess, Japanese tourists. story was in Taipei Times today, world news. I have often wondered what makes the mind of some Filipinos tick, but this takes the cake.
What’s next? Statues of 911 terrorists in Lower Manhattan? Statues of Nazi concentration camp leaders in Germany?
I guess it makes sense, give the kamikaze pilots some recognition. Long live the Philippines, where the first kamikaze flights took off in 1944!
Maybe they should drink some kamisake instead!
In a clearing by a sugar cane field a few kilometers from the former US Air Force base at Clark in the Philippines, stands a life-size statue of a Japanese kamikaze pilot.
In any other country that was occupied by the Japanese such a monument would raise howls of protest – but in the Philippines the worst it has elicited is a few grumbles.
NOTE: The first kamikaze unit was born on Oct. 20 1944,a nd was led by 23-year-old Lieutenant Yukio Seki. On Oct. 25, 1944, Seki and four other pilots, aged from 19 to 20, climbed aboard their Zero flying bombs and took off from the Mabalacat. Three hours later Seki flew his aircraft into the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS St. Lo. The ship sank within 20 minutes with a loss of 114 of its 860 crew … and the world’s first human flying bomb had been born.
The first suicide bomber has been memorialized. GREAT!