Was it a great decision? No. Was it a necessary decision? Yes, given that they had neither the abilities nor the manpower we have today to monitor suspected subversives.
Today, even that is derided by the PC groups who think everything and everybody is okay.
As the article mentions, 80% to 85% were loyal to America, but again, that is in pure hindsight. Also ignored, and not a good reason to have interred them, was the very real possibility of what we call today “Hate Crimes” against them for their ancestry.
Those that fought in Europe distinguished themselves in ways rivaled by few.
In the early 80’s I worked with one who was in the camps and went on to fight in Europe and who was severely wounded in battle. He expressed no anger at the country for being interred, held no bitterness for his wounds. He understood it as a security measure, as nearly any Veteran would.
When the talk of reparations was beginning, he would just shake his head at it all.
If an argument about this should continue, it should be done from the prospective of the times with full consideration given to the abilities and the very real threat we faced then, not looking back from today upon every misstep of it. We cannot change it and should not use it as an example to allow potential or known subversive groups free reign throughout the country today.
Our freedoms are being distorted to seek the end of our freedoms by some groups and too many bleeding hearts place an impossible task upon those who protect us by burdening them with unnecessarily restrictive and dangerous delays in acting against or even monitoring those with known intentions of destroying our society.
**putting soap box away now**
I agree completely. I have debated with people who think we should not have dropped the bombs on Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Forgetting the fact that it was 100% justifiable as a military tactic and strategy, I get terribly frustrated with people who can't place themselves in the shoes of the people of the time. We had fought 4 years of horrible war, the Japanese had done horrendous things to our troops, and the Japanese had refused to surrender despite fire bombing which killed more people than the two atom bombs. We also knew that a ground war in Japan would cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. Even if believed (which I don't) that we should not have dropped the bombs, there is no way I could condemn anyone for making the decision to use them. My soap box is now under the bed.
Thank you Dakota Red for your calm and thoughtful response. I couldn’t agree more. The people that I am fighting against are often some of the nicest people in the world. But they are nonetheless wrong. Very wrong. And they do hurt us. And they don’t even see it.