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A defense of mass internment?

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Submitted by Fred Binkle (United States), Dec 28, 2004 at 13:02

I side with you on most issues. But this? Defending the internment, with regard for a single qualification, American citizens of Japanese ancestry?

Without even considering legal or ethical arguments, where was the logical sense to it? How, for example, were the children or the elderly, also interned, suspect of any crime against this country? A six year old threatening the security of this country with sticks and stones, perhaps? No, indeed, one has to choose, based on qualifications that make sense, who is the real threat and who is not.

By the way, if Japanese internment made sense, why were American citizens of German descent not at any time during the war corraled in a similar way?

The mind boggles. This position goes too far. The threat is real, I agree, but the innocents are precisely that.

Fred
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