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To: NotChosenName

“You did the right thing. You know the Japanese attitude at that time, how fanatic they were, they’d die for the Emperor...Every man, woman, and child would have resisted that invasion with sticks and stones if necessary...Can you imagine what a slaughter it would be to invade Japan? It would have been terrible. The Japanese people know more about it than the American public will ever know.”

Japanese pilot Mitsuo Fuchida in a conversation with Paul Tibbets.

Taken from Flyboys by James Bradley


27 posted on 03/17/2008 9:21:15 PM PDT by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: Patriot Hooligan
Fuchida and Tibbetts were both great men. I also have a lot of respect for Saburo Sakai, who had no illusions about what had been done to his country and denounced the Emperor.

One a visit to the Udar-Hazy Center, one of the guys who was supposed to fly a floatplane on a chem warfare mission against the invasion fleet said he was proud that after visitors see his plane, they will look up and see "the plane that saved my nation." He was referring to the Enola Guy.

94 posted on 03/20/2008 10:27:19 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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