Michelle Malkin has clearly overreached herself with her new book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror.
Racial profiling is one thing; arresting everyone of a specific racial group is something else entirely. It’s unconstitutional, for one thing, and as Vox Day points out, the Japanese internment during World War II was clearly based on racial prejudice and not on any rational military analysis:
In Ms Malkin’s mind, the fact that some military bureaucrats and many ignorant civilians were afraid of “an imminent invasion” justifies the abrogation of the Constitution by President Roosevelt’s executive order. Therefore, let’s examine the facts, as they were known to the strategists of the day:
- The Japanese Navy consisted of 176 ships.
- The distance from Japan to the US West Coast is approximately 5,500 miles.
- The length of the American coastline is 1,359 miles.
Does anyone dispute any of this? Very well. Some more facts.
- The Overlord invasion required 4,600 ships and air supremacy.
- The distance from England to Normandy is approximately 22 miles.
- The length of France’s Atlantic Coastline is 1,875 miles.
- Immediate access to the French ports of Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg for reinforcement and resupply was the critical factor in deciding where the Normandy landings took place. Why? Because without reinforcement and resupply, even a very large landing force was doomed.
- The Kriegsmarine was slightly smaller than the Imperial Japanese Navy, but its 1,170 U-boats could have carried more troops than Japan’s entire fleet, and more secretly.
- The distance from the occupied French Coast to the American East Coast is only about 3,500 miles.
- The Germans were significantly more active off the East Coast – sinking 14.7 times more merchant ships than the 27 sunk off the West Coast.
If one considers this easily researched data, one can only conclude that Ms Malkin is an utter ignoramus when it comes to matters military. Basic logic demonstrates that [the] likelihood and danger of a German invasion – however implausible – was far, far greater than a Japanese one.
My mother’s parents were German, first and second generation. They were left alone on the farm. The Roosevelt administration must have figured they weren’t much of a threat in the middle of North Dakota.