Over the recent 15 years the West has been treated to a spate of terror attacks on Western soil:
September 11 attacks
Fort Hood attacks
San Bernardino attacks
Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January 2015
Belgium attack; and
Just last night, Nice, France attack
It has come to the point that saying “it isn’t all Muslims” just doesn’t do it. Granted, there are plenty of fully integrated Muslims, such as my next-door neighbor and one of my tennis partners. However, the Muslim community is literally doing nothing to ostracize and isolate the attackers. A contrary example is the way Meir Kahane of the Jewish Defense League was handled by U.S. Jews; total ostracization and marginalization.
There are plenty of Muslim/Jewish and Muslim/Christian “outreach” efforts consisting mostly of very urbane and genteel people of each faith gathering publicly and celebrating their friendship. This does nothing for the helpless people mowed down by the truck piloted by Tunisian-born Frenchman, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, or the victims of the other massacres. They were doing nothing wrong, other than attending a parade, or concert, or going to work.
We are taught in school that one of the great “injustices” of WW II was internment of Japanese.
There is always a tension, especially during wartime, between personal rights and public safety. This was illustrated in the recent past with the internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent. In one of the Supreme Court cases considering the issue the Court in Hirabayashi v. U.S.stated:
“The war power of the national government is ‘the power to wage war successfully.”
Hirabayashi v. U.S. 320 U.S. 81, 93, 63 S.Ct. 1375, 1382 (U.S. 1943)
The Court stated further:
*[QUOTE=U.S. Supreme Court in Hirabayashi]There is support for the view that social, economic and political conditions which have prevailed since the close of the last century, when the Japanese began to come to this country in substantial numbers, have intensified their solidarity and have in large measure prevented their assimilation as an integral part of the white population.FN4 In addition, large numbers of children of Japanese parentage97 are sent to Japanese language schools outside the regular hours of public schools in the locality. Some of these schools are generally believed to be sources of Japanese nationalistic propaganda, cultivating allegiance to Japan.FN5 Considerable numbers, estimated to be approximately 10,000, of American-born children of Japanese parentage have been sent to Japan for all or a part of their education.
Hirabayashi v. U.S. 320 U.S. 81, 96-97, 63 S.Ct. 1375, 1384 (U.S. 1943)*
*In the notorious Korematsu decision the Court stated:
*[QUOTE=U.S. Supreme Court in Korematsu]
It is said that we are dealing here with the case of imprisonment of a citizen in a concentration camp solely because of his ancestry, without evidence or inquiry concerning his loyalty and good disposition towards the United States…To cast this case into outlines of racial prejudice, without reference to the real military dangers which were presented, merely confuses the issue. … There was evidence of disloyalty on the part of some, the military authorities considered that the need for action was great, and time was short. We cannot-by availing ourselves of the calm perspective of hindsight-now say that at that time these actions were unjustified.
Toyosaburo Korematsu v. U.S. 323 U.S. 214, 223-224, 65 S.Ct. 193, 197 (U.S. 1944)[/QUOTE]*In the Japanese exclusion cases it is true that some of the blame for the enclaving of the Japanese citizens was placed on the majority population of the United States. Perhaps if the lives of the community is made a bit uncomfortable they will reach out internally and stop the madness. Compromise and dialogue have been tried, to remarkably little effect.