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March 08, 2011

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Don Matsuda

Dies was a viscious racist politician from Texas. I was a disabled survivor of the 100th/442nd Regiment that rescued a lost battalion from Texas. I was kicked out of California during WWII, yet I joined the US Army. The most decorated soldiers in the US were Mexican and Japanese Americans. We fought and continue to fight against the rabid racism of politicians like Peter King. I now fight the persecution of Muslim Americans.

Earnest Masumoto

I concur with your piece that those clippings contributed to the hysteria that led up to the imprisonment of the Issei and JAs during the War, but the comparison is pale if one considers that there were no proven acts of violence against the USA then by them.

There have been many proven acts of violence by Muslim extremists against the USA and more in the courts.

We know that radical Islam proselytizes violence against Israel and the West in some mosques and on the internet, whereas I know of no such preaching in the Japanese temples and churches in the USA before, during or after the War.

E. M.
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"To ignore the religious nature of the terrorist threat is to succumb to politically correct delusion. To ignore the homegrown religious nature of the terrorist threat is to succumb even further. […]To listen to King's critics, you would think he was urging modern-day internment camps for Muslim Americans. […]Yes, there are other sources of terrorism. Radical Islam is the biggest and most dangerous. And, yes, King is a flawed questioner. But the question he poses is an appropriate -- and important -- one."
-- Ruth Marcus, the Washington Post

Earnest Masumoto

Tom Ikeda's link is not visible - so may I add:

The public is not informed by the press that the Muslim community is outing the radical Muslims - if they are? This is not like how the JACL outed the Issei and the JA community leaders before the WW2 broke out. This showed that they (JACL) were proactive - which in retrospect turned out to be a farce. The Muslim community, like CAIR, has not demonstrably been effective in preventing the confirmed acts of violence - if any.
E.M.

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