I’m about halfway through with my review copy of “In Defense of Internment – The case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror” by Michelle Malkin. It’s a good read and despite the fact that this book has received much criticism in the blogosphere (here, here, here and here, Malkin’s counter-arguments here) I think she’s right. Hindsight is 20/20 vision, as they say. It is easy for us to call the internment of the Japanese during WWII as a “tragic mistake and a grievous wrong” as Grenn Reynolds considers it, but take into account the fact that leaders of the time did not have all the historical facts we have now and the argument can be made that they acted appropriately and in the best interest of the country.
What’s disturbing, however, is that this one event in our history is the backbone of today’s anti-profiling argument with the War on Terror. It seems illogical to me to decry, as some have, that not enough is being done to safeguard our borders and homeland, while at the same time handcuffing our hands behind our backs with political correctness. Better a few hurt feelings than a bunch of dead Americans. It’s that simple.
I don’t know if this book will make much of a difference given today’s walking-on-egg-shells penchant for political correctness, but somebody had to say it, and Malkin just did.
This book should be on your reading list.