What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Further Proof Right-Wingers Are Insane

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin has a new book out. And no, surprisingly, it isn't an attack against liberals. In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror, Malkin defends the internment of over 110,000 Japanese, starting in 1942. Two-thirds of the 120,000 were U.S. citizens.

And conservatives wonder why people think they are racist. I don't know, conservatives. Maybe it has to do with supporting a policy that put 110,000 people into camps when they committed no crime? In an interview with the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Malkin says, of the internment, "Anyone who reads my book will see that I'm very sensitive to the sacrifices that were made by many ethnic Japanese, both issei (first generation) and nisei (second generation)...I am not arguing that they didn't suffer or weren't terribly inconvenienced."

Oh, I see, it was inconvenient to be put into an internment camp for several years. Inconvenient to be rounded up and assumed to be guilty. That makes a lot of sense. I'm sure Jewish survivors of Nazi concentration camps also felt their forced internment was inconvenient.

Unlike Malkin, the United States government actually came to the realization that putting people into internment centers was not a great idea, and in 1990 paid the survivors restitution.

Way to go, Michelle. Mussolini would be proud.


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