Hind­sight and Gov. Carr

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Re: John Dellinger,

It is easy to­day to praise for­mer Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr for dis­agree­ing with Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der in 1942 to in­tern Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans. When the or­der was given, the United States was in an ex­tremely pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion. The Ja­panese were push­ing across the Pa­cific, win­ning bat­tle af­ter bat­tle, and Roo­sevelt did not know whether Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans would be loyal to the U.S. or to Ja­pan. Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans sub­se­quently proved their loy­alty to the U.S., par­tic­u­larly in com­bat against Ger­man sol­diers in Italy.

The let­ters to the ed­i­tor that draw a moral equiv­a­lency be­tween Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der and Pres­i­dent-elect Trump’s stated pol­icy of ex­clud­ing some Mus­lims from the U.S. is a false anal­ogy. Rad­i­cal Mus­lim ter­ror­ists are killing Amer­i­cans and are at­tempt­ing to bring about the down­fall of the United States.

Dur­ing World War II, would Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt ad­mit im­mi­grants from Ja­pan had any­one been fool­ish enough to sug­gest that?

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