It’s long been a staple of our country that in times of crisis, many civil liberties are thrown out the window.
One of the more recent biggies was the Japanese interment camps during WWII. I’d venture to say that had the Sep 11 attacks happened in Sep 11, 1945, we’d have Muslim interment camps set up as well.
In theory, we’ve grown as a nation and wouldn’t do that sort of thing now.
But I’m going to ask a very politically incorrect question – did the WW II camps WORK? As horrible as the idea was, and even knowing many innocent people were imprisoned, is there any way of knowing if maybe some Japanese nationals were imprisoned as well, and did this actually foil Japanese terrorist plots that were to have taken place in the US during the war?
Keep in mind that the Japanese attached bombs to hot air balloons with the hope they’d fly over the Pacific and come down/detonate in the Western half of the U.S. It wasn’t particularly effective, but the gov’t seemed to have no problem going after our civilians.
Anyway, adding to the difficulties of this question is the inherent situation we’re faced with now. Many people from the Middle East are being stripped of many of their rights here, for the sake of our national security.
The American, rational part of me feels for the innocent people who are being imprisoned, but I’d be lying if another part of me didn’t notice that close to 100% of the terrorist activities in recent times are caused by Muslims from the Middle East. And the kidnap-the-infidels policy has also spread to other Muslim areas like the Phillipies, so the religion certainly does have something to do with it (no, not all Muslims are terrorists, but it does seem that most modern terrorists are Muslims).
I know, it’s an offensive position, but I’m not so sure it’s that inaccurate…
Comments? Clarifications? Additional confusions?