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Letters to the Editor

9/11 comparison

December 13, 2011

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To the editor:

This is in response to a comment in the Dec. 7 article regarding treatment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor and how, after 9/11, there were “reports of U.S. citizens of Arab descent being detained.” In the article, Roger Shimomura was quoted as saying, “It was clear we hadn’t learned a damn thing.”

I beg to differ. As the article said, “there were no large-scale U.S. detention camps.” I don’t recall seeing even small-scale detention camps. I “heard” reports, but don’t recall much of any news coverage of any detentions nor any lawsuits taking place as a result of Muslims being detained. Yet, unlike World War II, the 9/11 attackers did come from within our country. They attacked primarily our civilian population. Japan attacked primarily our military base on a territory thousands of miles from the continental U.S.

The 9/11 attackers had lived among us, planning and plotting how they would kill us using our own passenger planes. What was done to Japanese Americans is a major dark spot on our history, especially since we continued to re-elect Roosevelt, who said, “We set our faith in human love and in God’s care for us and all men” while he was imprisoning entire American families! Our response to fellow Americans after 9/11 was very different from WWII. If I or my family had spent time in a Japanese detention camp in WWII, I would be offended to have that situation be compared with how our nation responded to Muslims after 9/11.

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its_just_math 2 years, 9 months ago

Liberal historical revisionists need it (history) to read a certain way in order for them to maintain and push their agenda(s), which nowadays is largely to villify Republicans 24/7/365 becaus their plans are horrendously failing. And if it can't be rewritten, they just don't talk about it.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 9 months ago

"largely to villify Republicans 24/7/365"

Lol, says the man averaging close to 8 posts a day, virtually all of which are demonizing all liberals, all democrats, and really everybody who's not of a specific and narrow partisan allegiance.

It is, I must admit, a continuing query of mine, as to whether you're aware of these blatant double-standards that you constantly employ, or if you use a large and convoluted justification process to make it seem like you're okay where the others are not.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

There is a significant number of posters who will vilify everything Republican/conservative. And there are a significant number of posters who will vilify everything Democrat/liberal. It doesn't take too long to figure out who is who.

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voevoda 2 years, 9 months ago

Roger Shimomura and his family were Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II. He knows first-hand what it feels like, and he has a world view that was shaped by this experience.
Shane M. Jones and his family were not Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II. He has no idea what it feels like. Yet still he claim the right to be "offended" by Roger Shimomura's world view, as though "[he] or [his] family had spent time in a Japanese detention camp in WWII." He is usurping ownership of Shimomura's experience for the purpose of condemning Shimomura. This is arrogant in the extreme. Shimomura is clear about the lesson that Americans should have learned from the WWII experience of Japanese-Americans: it is wrong to suspect American citizens of being a threat to this country simply because they happen to share ancestry with foreigners who attacked the US. The 9/11 attackers were not American Muslims. They were foreigners who came to the US specifically for the purpose of carrying out an act of terrorism. While fortunately there was no mass arrest and deportation of American Muslims after 9/11, certainly there have been Americans who wrongly ascribe complicity to all Muslims. Unfortunately, Mr. Jones seems to be one of them.

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voevoda 2 years, 9 months ago

blue73harley, I read the letter just fine. The author referred to the 9/11 terrorists as people who "lived among us" and "com[ing] from within our country." He did so in order to justify suspicion against all Muslims living in the US, including those who are born here and who are legal residents pursuing lawful and useful activities. Otherwise, he would have correctly identified--correctly--the attackers as foreigners who came to this country solely for the purpose of carrying out the attack.

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George Lippencott 2 years, 9 months ago

Really?? I did not read it that way. It is indeed a sorry tale when a small portion of our population demonizes people because of their religion (Muslin, Catholic, Jewish, others) or other characteristic that can be seized upon.

It is even more despicable to generalize the actions of that small group to attack anybody that does not see a large conspiracy against someone’s preferred group.

I doubt we will ever eliminate bias completely although we surely should try. Getting unduly worked up about the small group of bigots seems rather narrow.

Of course the motive in generalizing the "sins” of the bigots may be to try to demonize a larger group such as a party so as to gain political advantage. Could that be what is a foot here?

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