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On the forcible removal of citizens from their lawful homes

Reader comment on item: Ariel Sharon's Folly

Submitted by B. Bix (United States), Apr 18, 2005 at 18:59

You challenged the reader to "name another democracy that has forcibly removed thousands of its own citizens from their lawful homes."

How many Native Americans were forcibly removed from their lands (the most famous of which were the Cherokee Indians on "the Trail of Tears")?

And in more recent history, there were the Japanese-Americans who were confined to internment camps during WWII. And we certainly cannot forget how Africans were kidnapped (by other Africans) and sold into slavery to the British and Americans...though the Africans who did the kidnapping may not have been democratic, the Brits and Americans who bought, transported and sold the enslaved people were.

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