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Malkin's Hypocrisy

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Submitted by Dennis Middlebrooks (United States), Dec 28, 2004 at 09:23

Why doesn't Ms. Malkin note that despite the fact we were at war with Germany and Italy, neither German-Americans nor Italian-Americans were interned based solely on their ethnicity during WII? Why not? Don't tell me there were no Nazi or Fascist supporters in those communties. Why weren't Babe Ruth and Frank Sinatra interned based on their German and Italian heritage?

The notion that civil liberties are not "sacrosanct" in time of war is anthema to anyone who believes in the Constitution. It was one thing to intern Japanese citizens living in the USA and Japanese-Americans known to be actively involved in unsavory activities; it was quite another to intern Japanese-American citizens in open violation of due process on a carte blanche basis! As citizens, they had certain "sacrosanct" rights regardless of what the Michelle Malkins of the world may say. The fact that two (!) Japanese-Americans allegedly helped a Japanese soldier does not justify the internment of thousands of American citizens. We are supposed to enjoy equal treatment under the law as citizens! Or does Malkin have a problem with that?

By the way, Michelle Malkin is a Filipino-American, and this may account for her appalling support for the Japanese-American internment. Japan was a brutal occupier of her country during the war, and her attitude most likely has a lot to do to what happened to her family members at the hands of the Japanese in the 1940's. ....
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