There's little doubt that the US would like to believe its interred were 'better treated', than those interred overseas. Asserting that 'a camp is a camp' does little to assuage the average American conscience....I can see it has only done more to unsettle yours.<quoted text>No, in 1942 we weren't staring down the engines of any-sob-with-a-commercial-jetl iner-and-a-grudge.
In 1942 we were staring down full blown first rate military powers across both oceans with army and air forces roughly the equivalent of Portugal, a small and mostly outdated Navy only marginally better. By the time the war finally came home to us there was an established pattern of aiding the aggressor by ethnic minorities in occupied countries (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, France, Holland, China and others
Combine that with the racism with which Asians were viewed, and you ended up with the interment camps. We used a wholesale approach to the Japanese simply because they weren't white.
This ain't 1942. Yes, there's still plenty of racism out there, but it's not as ingrained as it was. One of the things that argue against it happening here again is the fact that it happened then - that there would be sufficient voices raised up against such an idea to prevent it in part because of the knowledge of how wrong that was.
I say again - nothing I say should be used to justify or validate the camps.. It was wrong in every way. At the same time, I agree with Catcher that one should not minimize the suffering. That is what demolishes the 'a camp is a camp' idea.
I know full well that the Japanese suffered, but to compare the interment of Japanese Americans with the Soviet Gulag and its "iron curtain" subsidiaries, with the German concentration camp system even excluding the extermination camp, with the interment of American and Dutch and UK civilians by the Japanese, IS to minimize their suffering.
Minimize their suffering? Really? You're going to sit there and opine that my aversion to ANY 'rounding up' of citizens, for whatever reason, is uncalled-for, because our camps were 'less horrible' than 'their camps'?