Hindsight and Gov. Carr
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?