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comment Is there a symbol associated with Loki from the Norse pantheon?
At this point, this is speculation based on past study. This is too vague to constitute a definitive answer (although could certainly be a helpful hint as a comment to the question). For this to be an answer it needs to be fleshed out more and sources need to be provided for reference and to ensure the validity of the answer.
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comment Did the Romans ever encounter the Vikings?
Several things: 1. Interesting point, but it's tangential to the particular question at best. 2. This point is not elaborate enough to constitute an answer. Why would the Ottoman caliphs prefer Viking bodyguards? 3. There needs to be some sort of citation as to the source, both because people might want to know more, but also so the validity can be determined. I don't mean to "bust your chops", we just need to make sure that the material on this site is up to snuff. You could post this as a question, I mean I'd like to know why this was, and probably will ask if you decide not to!
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comment What do the modern Japanese people think about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
@Deer Hunter While I wouldn't go as far as you, I agree that you have a point. Current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed forward a series of bills expanding the interpretation of the Constitution and expanding the role of the self-defense forces. These bills are highly controversial in Japan. Furthermore, there is a great deal of disagreement over how expansive Japan's postwar commitment to pacifism has been (bbc.com/news/world-asia-34278846). While the extent of how peaceable Japan's self-defense forces are is rather unclear to me, the great support of postwar pacifism is not.
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comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
@LennartRegebro I haven't seen any info suggesting that half of the Japanese military leadership considered continuing to fight after the dropping of the two bombs. Not to say that your claim isn't true, I'm just not aware of it. Even in that case there is still significant reason to doubt that Japanese morale among the rank & file would allow continuation of the conflict even before the bombs were dropped. All of this is alt. history and open to speculation. Regardless, given a complex geopolitical situation such as this there was certainly more than one simple motivation for the bombing.
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