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John Doyle English 127w I have never realized the magnitude of feelings that the Japanese had had after the war. It does make sense that they felt this way but it just was not anything I had thought of. I mean to move from Japan to America and then to have to fight for America against Japan? These people must have had some strength to put up with that. No matter what they did they were wrong. They were asked two questions. Would you fight for America? Well, they were living here so of course they would. The only problem was that they had to fight their own country. How could anyone be asked to do that? It was a Yes or No question so they weren’t allowed to say yes but no if it was against Japan. Then there was the other question. Would you pledge your loyalty to the U.S. and not recognize the Emperor of Japan? They were U.S. citizens so of course they are loyal to the U.S. Besides that, they had nothing to do with the Emperor of Japan so that was irrelevant. These questions were merely to put them in jail or to have them fight. So, what are some comparisons to today’s war? We are imprisoning hundreds of people because they are Middle Eastern. Only, this time instead of doing it on our soil we are doing it in Cuba. I really don’t understand this. How is it that a country we will not even trade with is letting us put prisoners there? Something fishy has to be going on in this situation. There has already been a huge scandal because of prisoner abuse. Funny thing there too is that top officials were known to tell the military leaders to try new ways to torture. They did and they got into trouble. Nothing is what it seems. Those Japanese who were No-No Boys are the ones who thought about what was going on. They actually thought about what they were saying. Trapped in a war of words. Yes. However, I am sure it made a lot of them stronger. Fortunately for the Japanese the U.S. government made a formal apology for what happened to them. There was another situation that happened in our history. That was the taking of the Black Hills from the Sioux. The U.S. government took sacred land from an Indian tribe who was there first. Then there was the massacre at Wounded Knee, which killed almost one thousand Indians. It was all because a few young Indians wanted to keep their weapons. Almost thirty military personal got medals for that slaughter. All the Sioux want is their land. There still has not been a formal apology for this event.
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