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Reader comment on item: Why the Japanese Internment Still Matters

Submitted by Craig (United States), Jan 5, 2005 at 06:17

Sir,
While the argument can be made for profiling and internment of Muslim Americans,
I believe that there is no valid reason to travel down this path twice. I am certain that
there were Japanese Americans that collaberated with the Japanese enemy in WWII.
I am personally also certain that the civil liberties of many Japanese Americans were
severely undermined with the decision to intern these people whose only 'fault' would
have been that they were born in Japan or were progeny of Japan born parents. I am
a firm believer in our civil liberties and also believe that to apply across all nationalities,
races, creeds, colors of Americans!

What has to be understood about our current enemy is that while we are at war with
muslim extremists we MUST look upon this enemy as ZEALOTS! The underlying
reasons for the actions taken by these people are supposed to be invoked in Islamic
teachings. However, I can't help but think that these zealots and the actions that have
been taken by them are as radical to the 'pious' moderate Muslim as Satanism would
be to the 'pious' moderate Christian!

Internment, as a tool of this war, may very well become a reality for these people.

My very real concern is that we will sweep up the loyal Muslim American with the collaberating Jihadist, just as we did with the Japanese in WWII!
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