No Case for Internment

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.