Defense of Internment runs to 416 pages. Seldom have so
many words been written to such pointless effect. While Ms. Malkin
appears to have done copious research with regard to the bureaucratic
justifications for the internment, she also reveals her utter ignorance
of military history and strategic logistics.
is a rather serious flaw, as her entire case rests upon the flimsy
and ultimately unsupportable notion of the military necessity for
the federal government to violate the life, liberty and property
rights of 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent, many of them
American citizens. She states in the book:
disparate treatment of ethnic Japanese vs. ethnic Germans and
ethnic Italians is often assumed to be based on anti-Japanese
racism rather than military necessity. Japan, however, was the
only Axis country with a proven capability of launching a major
attack on the United States.
attempts to prove this military necessity by quoting intelligence
memos, having neither the background nor the dedication to examine
the question of military necessity for herself. Nor, clearly, did
she bother to ask anyone who does. Consider the following facts.