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.