June 25, 2010
Japanese Relocation (1942)
Because the subject came up again, the view of the American government at the time. Healthful nourishing food for all!
Background: A review of Michelle Malkin's In Defense Of Internment.
While I am going overboard for history: My Japan (1945).
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 25, 2010 07:03 AM
You love to poke the bear.
Malkin is certainly entitled to her opinion and her case is well stated. Interning foreign nationals from combatant nations is a no-brainer; interning one's own sons and daughters is more problematic.
Where one refuses to swear allegiance to one's own country, or forswear allegiance to an ancestral homeland, I have no difficulty. Likewise for those who voluntarily abandon the citizenship of their current place of residence.
I am not persuaded that this necessitated the internment of those that maintained their allegiance to America, land of their birth, and allied with no foreign power.
All together now:
The main flaw in Malkin's book is her assumption that a serious attempt at invasion of the USA by Japan was feasible. Vox Day points out here and elsewhere that this simply isn't the case.