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March 31, 2005

Shikataganai? No-No!

A hero has passed.

And though history has vindicated Fred Korematsu, there are still heinous little amoral opportunists who, in the pursuit of their own career goals, would have us walk down that path again.

I would quote Tom Robinson - "pretty soon there's gonna be no room for sitting on the fence" - except that Tom wrote those words more than a quarter century ago, and even then they seemed over-optimistic. Now there is no room on that fence. If you aren't speaking out against this country's increasing violation of basic human rights, then you are supporting it. There is no middle ground.

History is judging you now, reader. How will you measure up?

Update: It seems this post has drawn the ire of the one and only Michelle Maklin. I don't know whether to be outraged or to revise my answer to the first question in this post.

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He was honored by President Clinton in 1998 with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

O tempora, o mores!

And I don't suppose we have to remark more than this on the disjunct between the events of today, and the subject of your entry.

Posted by: Wayne at March 31, 2005 06:37 PM
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I'm not sure whether to enjoy your celebrating Korematsu's steadfast resistance or bemoan your having introduced me to Michelle Malkin's poisonous pen. I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Posted by: Hungry Hyaena at March 31, 2005 10:44 PM
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Almost on the same day as the death of Fred Korematsu, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it was announced that Sgt. Paul Smith will posthumously be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor:

Two Heroes

Posted by: GaijinBiker at April 1, 2005 07:09 AM
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That was a parody of Michelle Malkin's blog that linked to you. Note the mispelling--Maklin.

Posted by: John at April 1, 2005 12:26 PM
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