• No Case for Internment

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    Michelle
    Malkin’s In
    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.

    This
    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:

    The
    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.

    Malkin
    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.

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