Amazing that today, the 74th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, all the talk on CNN is about Donald Trump’s proposition that all Muslims be banned from travel to the United States. This follows his suggested surveillance of mosques and database of Muslims.
Even more amazing to me is what I heard from Trump supporter, Jeffrey Lord, on Anderson Cooper tonight. Mr. Lord practically gloated that there is a precedent for Trump’s ideas and brought up the fact that after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt authorized Japanese Americans be put on curfew and restricted to military zones. He talked about how radios, cameras, etc., were confiscated from them.
Following the bombing, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese descent (almost 2/3 were American citizens) were sent to internment camps because they looked like the enemy.
Mr. Lord was quick to say he was not advocating internment. Certainly not! But click here to see a chronology of what preceded the internment of Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Notice any similarities to what’s being talked about today?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Fear is a slippery slope, and we don’t even notice that we’re sliding down a little more every day.
Yesterday, in an interview with Fareed Zakaria, Bono said:
[More than] trying to take away our lives, they (ISIS) are trying to take away our way of life. If they change the nature of the United States and the way people think about pluralism and inclusiveness, then they win. Don’t let them win.