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Last edited at 12:26AM on 12/15/2012
A plane flying into a building or crowd could just be an accident. If it's intentional, it's reasonable to characterize it as an act of terrorism (unless the attacker and attacked are military/government entities).
The term kamikaze attack doesn't necessarily strike Americans as more positive than terrorist attack, but it is more specific.
Kamikaze (as I'm sure you know) has a special meaning. It translates as Divine Wind and refers to a hurricane that destroyed an invading Mongol fleet back in Kubla Khan's rule in the late 13th century. Yes, kamikaze pilots were suicide pilots, but they sacrificed themselves in wartime. That's the difference.
What is not quite so well known was that Chicken Yakitori was the name of the only surviving kamikaze pilot.