Just when you thought the Republicans couldn’t get worse than Trent Lott, out comes Rep. Howard Coble, of North Carolina. It seems that Mr. Coble not only agrees that Japanese Americans should have been placed in internment camps, but that he thinks it would be ok to do the same thing to Arab Americans. Now here’s the really scary bit. Turns out this bozo is the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
In case you’ve never actually researched the camps, here’s some striking, panoramic photo collages of the ruins of U.S. and Canadian concentration camps used to isolate Japanese-Americans during WWII. Masumi Hayashi’s href="http://www.csuohio.edu/art_photos/index.html">rich site also features documents, href="http://www.csuohio.edu/art_photos/famalbum/akiya.html">personal stories and Shockwave interview clips, a discussion board and data on each camp. (The paragraph courtesy of the research done by MediaReport.)
Of course, if you really want to delve with me into the depths of conspiracy…I’d like to point out a little thing from 1997, where Congresscritters admitted that FEMA had been building “citizen internment camps” for some time.
I leave you with the words of Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller about moral failure in the face of the Holocaust:
They came for the Communists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Communist;
They came for the Socialists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Socialist;
They came for the labor leaders, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a labor leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Jew;
Then they came for me – And there was no one left to object.