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Racial issue?

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Submitted by Fred Lapides (United States), Dec 28, 2004 at 10:56

Alas, although I often admire what Mr. Pipes has to say, in this instance I cannot agree.

All well and good to cite Malkin et al about the "rightness" of Japanese internment but then what is to be said for the fact that German-Americans were seldom so treated? After all, who led the American forces? Eisenhower and Admiral Nimitz, both German -Americans. And it was the Bund, in NY, that tried to convince America top stay out of the war and also at the same time supported Nazi Germany. Which, I imagine, makes the Japanese internment pretty much of a racial issue.

Now if Muslims are to be treated in this manner, then Pipes should make the point (if he can support the assertion) that Muslims owe their allegience to Islam and not to the political state. But that then suggests that for many, there is both Caesar and the State. And often, religious folks will place God first and the state second. And this does not apply only to Muslims...

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