- Jun 2014
- Lisbon, Portugal
Aren't most today's suicide bombers targeting military objectives or police facilities? The suicide bombings that usually get mentioned in international news are the ones that target civilians (and targeting civilians usually get a higher death toll), but I saw somewhere that most suicide bombings from 2003 till 2016 have been towards military targets and security personnel - especially in Iraq, Yemen and Syria (most suicide bombings takes place in those three countries) - how's that any different than Japanese pilots crashing their planes on military ships in the Pacific War?disagree. occasional self-sacrifice can be noble but I find organized group-level suicide abominable.
someone compared to suicide bombers today. I grant that the Kamikazes targeted military objectives.
Besides, those Kamikaze pilots didn't exclusively chose crashing over military targets out of moral and ethical reasons, they did it out of completely tactical reasons. They had no valuable civilian targets in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The only valuable civilian targets, were probably in the Philippines, but they didn't need planes to do the work - Japanese foot soldiers already slaughtered 100.000 Filipino civilians in Manila alone during the American invasion campaign of the Philippines in 1945.
I don't put a 1940s Japanese military soldier, suicide pilot or not, on a higher moral ground than a 2010s Isis fighter in Iraq or Syria - they are absolutely comparable.
I don't understand why we should respect them somehow. We might pity them, but should not respect their military conduct throughout the entire war.