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heloplt
17th Sep 2001, 20:35
The post that reported poll results that showed Americans favored extraordinary scrutiny of Arab Americans was locked by the PPRUNE moderators and probably for very good reason. I can imagine the responses that it would generate.

We must recall, every day as we speak, Mexican Americans, Hispanics, are subject to the exact same kind of treatment by our Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in states that border Mexico.

This is a result of the massive illegal immigration of those from south of the border who are coming to the United States to seek a better life.

I am a "white anglo-saxon" American and do not have to endure that kind of treatment. We see our fellow American citizens stopped, interrogated, and forced to provide identification at Border Patrol checkpoints that are in some cases hundreds of miles from the border. As unfortunate as it is, and having great sympathy for our fellow citizens....I can understand the need for it even if I find it repugnant and offensive. That is the price we must pay for protecting our borders I am afraid....and I do hate it for them.

Currently, our attackers have one distinguishing trait...their ethnic origins...harsh and unfeeling as it sounds....maybe our Arab Americans will have to pay a price for the security of all , though I fear it would be ineffective and surely is unfair.

We are all Americans ....time for all of us to act like it....and work together for the common good....while standing by each and every one of our fellow citizens.

Eboy
18th Sep 2001, 05:16
Approximately 33,000 Japanese-Americans served in our armed forces in WWII, mainly in segregated units that were among the most decorated. 800 of those died. In addition, 120,000 Japanese American civilians were herded into internment camps in California, Arizona and other Western states starting in 1942, and imprisoned there for several years. In 1980, Congress created the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. After nearly three years of careful examination of the evidence, which included testimony from 750 witnesses, the Commission issued a report on February 25, 1983. The report concluded: "A grave injustice was done to American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry who, without individual review or any probative evidence against them, were excluded, removed, and detained by the United States during World War II."

This year in Washington, D.C. a new memorial was dedicated to the patriotism of Japanese-Americans in WWII. An inscription says, "Here we admit a wrong. Here we affirm our commitment as a nation to equal justice under the law."

From the Washington Post -- Japanese-Americans recal 1940's bias: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59305-2001Sep19.html

[ 20 September 2001: Message edited by: Eboy ]