...but no one today can understand the situation in which Pearl Harbor placed this country
Well, actually I can, Bike. I was almost twelve on December 7, 1941, and I was the one who heard the news on the radio and ran to tell my folks and grandparents (we were visiting them). I was delivering the Detroit News then, and after December 7th I often had to get out in the middle of the night and yell "Extra! Extra! Read all about it."
- very much like being stabbed in the back by someone we had (stupidly) bent over backwards to accommodate.
Well, the actual history is a bit more complicated than that. In those days the leaders in the home island were a warlike, nasty people. But I was in Japan seven years after the surrender and I can tell you the average Japanese isn't like that at all. We certainly weren't bending over backward to accomodate them. We were doing whatever we could to get them out of China., and there was no doubt in any rational mind that war with Japan was imminent.
Nor were these camps "concentration camps." That's total nonsense and cultural arrogance, regardless of how dispirited some of those unfortunate souls appeared to be. The Japanese in Hawaii, many of whom were first generation and a group that comprised a very large segment of the population, was not affected by the order to relocate into camps.
Yes, and eventually we let the Nisei fight for their country, and they did a hell of a job. The camps were a panicky, irrational reaction, and the whole thing is a blight on our history.