The internment of the Japanese by both the US and Canadian governments was a
tragic and stupid mistake. I have close friends who suffered.During
a summer job back in the 60s I was involved in tearing down an old and unused
Forestry Station. There was a room full of records from one such internment
camp near Nanton, Alberta in Canada. I saved a couple of books but most of it
was just burned. Housing and commissary records and even bierths abd deaths.On the other hand I live not too far from a lighthouse that was the only
thing ever shelled by the Japanese in North America.
Sad that US Citizens could be just taken and put in a camp. I understand the
fear at the time but it is still so wrong. I think recording these stories is
so very important. It is so sad that all they worked for businesses, homes, jobs
were all taken away.
Yes, suspending the writ of habeas corpus was wrong, just as it was when Lincoln
did it during the Civil War. With the Japanese government counting on an
uprising of US-Japanese citizens (which never came), Japanese forces invading US
soil (Aleutian Islands), enemy subs off the California coast and shocking
memories of Pearl Harbor and Bataan death march fresh in the minds of citizens,
the US government made emotional, wrong and illegal decisions. Retrospective
clarity 60 years later does not confirm our moral superiority or intelligence.
Academic historians have the responsibility to recount this tragic epic in the
context of its contemporaneous times.
Mr. Shishima should go talk to all the Muslim college students in New York who
are creating a ruckus because they were "spied on." Perhaps he could
teach them a thing or two about what it's really like when Uncle Sam suspects
your people of being a threat to America.