The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

I want to thank Al Win­der for his let­ter [ Tri­bune, Septem­ber 2] and hope that the fol­low­ing re­sponse might be of some as­sis­tance.

It is true that the trans­la­tion of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in English is trans­lated My Strug­gle. Due to space con­straints I skipped the English and used the translit­er­ated Ara­bic of My Strug­gle which is My Ji­had.

In­ci­den­tally, Hitler’s book is one of the best sellers in Mus­lim coun­tries and fre­quently given as a gift af­ter the break­ing of the Mus­lim fast of Ramadan (See wiki­is­lam.net/wiki/Mein_Kampf; http://pame­lag­eller.com/ 2014/01/hitlers-mein-kampf-hits­best­seller-list-la-times-make­sex­cuses.html/).

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia the ar­ti­cles I read on Kamikaze pilots stated that they ‘‘would fre­quently don a hachi­maki, usu­ally with… (‘‘Kamikaze’’), be­fore fly­ing to their deaths.’’

Hachi­maki or head bands worn by sui­cide pilots ‘‘typ­i­cally [had] the ris­ing sun mo­tif.’’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachi­maki).

A photo on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze) shows a pi­lot with such a head­band. As I was not there, I am de­pen­dent upon oth­ers for such in­for­ma­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, I think Mr Win­der missed the whole point of my let­ter.

Un­less we study history we are bound to re­peat the mis­takes that oth­ers have made.

Also, re­gard­less of whose ver­sion of history we fol­low, it is im­por­tant to be in­formed about the claims of those who have said that they want to de­stroy us and our way of life and not just brush off their threats as idle or stick our heads in the sand.

Ken Rid­dle


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