Discussion of warfare and conflict as pertaining to current events. Conflict can be non-armed, although it will be related to the armed conflicts of today.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Rep. Keith Ellison compared surveillance of Muslims today with Japanese internment 1941-1945
blew it Mr. Ellison. First, no Muslims have been ‘interned’ in
anything. The suspicions of Muslims being terrorists in no way
compares to machine guns being pointed at you within a barbed wire
fence. Both my mother-in-law and father-in-law were in those camps
(Along with their brothers, sisters and parents) and I find your
comparison derogatory to them and what they endured. We are not
taking away any of their property either. Quite the contrary. Why
have you not been removed from your position in Congress? You think a
Japanese-American would not have been removed in 1942? Some
importantly, the Japanese were interred because JAPAN had begun a war
against us with a surprise attack. So our reaction was a natural one,
as is our reaction today. In addition, your comparison implies to me
that Islam is at war against us, (I happen to agree) which one
distinguishing feature has been to open hostilities with surprise
attacks. At least Japan attacked our military. Islam attacks our
argument of Ellison is about as dumb as the Muslim argument being
made that because more Arabs are killed by Israel than what Israel
loses in return makes Israel the warmongers. The logic is that Israel
must be the aggressors in a war of aggression because they are so
much better at it.
if the United States did not kill one heck of a lot more Japanese
than we lost in that war. The United States lost about 40,000
fighting Japan, 1941-1945. We lost another 200,000 wounded. We killed
literally millions. And this makes us the warmongers and the ‘Bad
Guys’? Stupid argument, and I have heard this repeated over the
years and still they keep at it!!!
a personal note, I have not forgotten that you, Mr. Ellison took your
oath of office (symbolically) over the Koran. The Koran is about as
hostile to my government and way of life that can be imagined. As a
representative, I am certain that you are aware that within our own
legal system, the written document overrides the verbal contract.
This act was symbolic in many ways. Your loyalty to my country is
much more in doubt than either of my in-laws. You have better shut
up, Mr. Ellison. You are giving yourself away.
I have been studying warfare for more than 40 years. While I know a great deal, nobody knows everything. I like to joke with my wife about how everyone is always right. You are wrong for only a few seconds on the issue, then you see the error, now you are correct! It is an easy habit to get into. Another way I look at it is that you see what you want to see. Everyone has prejudices. Knowing about them will help. However, you have to work at it. I try not to allow them to change what I am looking at. I believe that I even succeed from time to time. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.