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This is off-topic and may not be appropriate, but I feel compelled to note a young Japanese kamikaze pilot. His name is Ryoji Uehara, who died on May 11, 1945 at the age 22.

On the eve of his kamiakaze mission, he wrote a note (translation mine):

It is the highest honor to be chosen a member of the army special attack squadron. From my student days, I have long held a conviction that freedom will prevail, and that it is self-evident. The essence of the human nature is aspiration for freedom, and nothing can suppress it forever.  
Even if suppressed for a while, freedom will never perish and win the final battle.... Authoritarian, totalitarian regimes may have their glory days, but will lose in the end. The course of this world war testifies to this truth. Look at Fascist Italy. Nazi Germany has already surrendered. Authoritarian regimes are falling one after another like an edifice without foundation... That my conviction is proven may be a horrifying realization for my country, but gives the greatest pleasure to me.... Tomorrow a liberal will pass away. His profile may appear lonely, but rest assured that his heart is full of satisfaction.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Wed Dec 7th, 2005 at 10:00:05 AM EST

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