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Zora Hurston    Foklorist Zora Hurston
[1891 - Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, born in Eatonville, Florida]

Estee Lauder    Cosmetics Tycoon Estee Lauder    Cosmetics Tycoon Estee Lauder
[1908 - Estée Lauder (Josephine Esther Mentzer), cosmetics mogul, born in Queens]

Cartoonist Charles Addams    Addams Family Characters    Cartoonist Charles Addams
[1912 - Charles (Samuel) Addams, cartoonist, born in Westfield, New Jersey]

HoF 1st Base Johnny 'The Big Cat' Mize
[1913 - Johnny (John Robert) Mize, Hall of Fame
first baseman, born in Demorest, Georgia]

Actor Vincent Gardenia    Actor Vincent Gardenia    Actor Vincent Gardenia
[1922 - Vincent Gardenia (Vincenzio Scognamiglio), Tony & Emmy Award-winning actor, born in Naples, Italy]

Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal
[1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist, born in Marseille, France]

World Champion Weightlifter Vasili Alexeyev    World Champion Weightlifter Vasili Alexeyev
[1942 - Vasili Alexeyev, weight lifter (Olympic gold 72,76), born in USSR]

Contralto Marian Anderson
[1955 - Marian Anderson debuts at the Metropolitan Opera]

Football great Bronko Nagurski    Bronko Nagurski leaves a would-be tackler in pain    Bronko Nagurski Pro Football Hall of Fame bust    Bronko Nagurski Pro Football Hall of Famer
[1990 - Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies at age 81]

Way the Wind Blows

A quick google will reveal that william is not the first to see the parallels between 9-11 and the Japanese employment of Kamikaze suicide bombers at the end of WW-II. In the later stages of WW-II when it became evident that Japan was losing the war and the US and its allies were preparing to invade the Islands, the Japanese leadership devised a strategy of attacking the allied fleet with guided missiles using human beings as their guidance systems. Some of the chosen are shown below.

Kamikaze chiran pilots    Kamikaze pilots    Kamikaze pilots

The young men who "volunteered" to become Kamikaze pilots were assigned to the Special Attack Force, and they were trained to take-off, fly their bomb laden aircraft to the target, and crash it into an allied ship. This new weapons system was more effective than is generally realized. More than fifty allied ships were sunk by Kamikaze attacks in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, and hundreds more were damaged. As many as four thousand Kamikaze pilots may have flown to their death in these suicide bombing missions, killing more than three thousand allied sailors and wounding another six thousand. Take a look at some of the destruction.

Kamikaze attack    Kamikaze hit USS Hazelwood
Kamikaze hit US LST    Kamikaze hit USS Essex

But, you observe, the Japanese suicide bombers attacked only military targets while the present day Kamikaze strike at civilians. One assumes, however, that had the US mainland been in range of their aircraft, the Japanese would not have hesitated to bomb our cities with one-way aircraft. After all, we hit plenty of civilian targets with US air power in Japan, and destroyed large parts of Tokyo causing civilian casualties in six figures. The atom bombs that dropped from US aircraft onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki were made in the USA, and remain to this day the most successful terror weapon ever employed on this planet.

Nagasaki A-bomb burst    Hiroshima post atom bomb view of damage

Poor William's Whimsical Words:

Terrorism is a tactic that you make war with, not on.

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