August 03, 2004
Coming From Regnery Books in ’05: “What’s So Bad About Slavery?”
Here’s our newest over-the-top reactionary conservative book:
“In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror,” by Michelle Malkin.
I guess it’s for the person on your gift list who’s turned off by the restrained, wishy-washy moderation of Ann Coulter.
Posted by Stephen Silver at August 3, 2004 01:53 AM
Of course, then again if we'd lost the war, I suppose it would be a moot argument, wouldn't it?
Many citizens of German and Italian descent were likewise interned during the war. Initially the internment of the Japanese was strictly voluntary, and many willingly acquiesced for their own safety. Just as today more than a smattering of Muslims in America have been tepid in condemning Islamic terrorism, during World War II a substantial proportion of the Japanese in America openly backed Japan. Sadly public schools rarely inform students today that the West Coast was repeatedly strafed by Japanese submarine fire prior to the detention, and quite a few American with Japanese ancestry were indeed convicted of espionage.
Additionally, while the internment centers are occasionally tarred as "concentration camps" today-and that term's definition is semantically correct-the phrase's common meaning is wholly inappropriate to the holding facilities within the United States. Many residents were allowed to leave regularly for work or other purposes. The camps provided restaurants, beauty parlors, club, and sports facilities, and treatment was uniformly equitable and amenable. Reported abuses were investigated and legitimate breeches earned swift punishment. Many patriotic residents informed authorities of seditious elements amongst the population and the traitors were removed-as much for the innocent people's safety as for national security.