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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).

You raff, you ruse!

"They work longer hours than you do, twice as long, quite often. Why not? They're not working for the clock. They're working to win the war! They do not make as much money as you do. Well, they are not working to make money, they are working to win war! They work every day of every week. Is this so strange? They are not working to get days off, they are working to win the war!"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 25, 2010 07:03 AM

Comments

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.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 25, 2010 08:57 AM

All together now:

THAT'S RACIST!

But seriously...

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.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 25, 2010 04:11 PM