Posted by Bill R on July 29, 2000 at 08:19:51:
In Reply to: Re: Casting Stones posted by Kathy S on July 28, 2000 at 21:52:47:
: Hi Bill,
: I think your're right. It seems unfair to hold anyone accountable for the deeds of another, especially generations later.
: My ancestors got a raw deal. Their lands were taken, their language and religion were outlawed. They were starved and slaughtered into submission during the 17th Century. The justification for this treatment was that they were "savages". Sound familiar? In fact the technique worked so well, that it was later used on the American Indians.
: I'm of Irish descent. It would be ridiculous to expect anything from the current batch of British taxpayers in the way of reparation. They didn't do anything to my ancestors or me.
: But, I do think that financial compensation is sometimes warranted. For example, in the case of Americans of Japanese descent who lost their property and were interred in camps during WWII, why shouldn't those who are still alive be compensated in some way. Not their children, just those who are living and were affected at the time. My next door neighbor lost everything. I think it was wrong.
: Kathy S
The English only call we Irish savages because we can hold our liquor better and make love with passion while they are without passion and make love with their clothes on!
I would have to agree about the Japanese Americans and Manzania etc. What was done was illegal even during wartime, however our government justified it. Nothing of the sort was done to Italian Americans or German Americans. The Japanese American homes, property, businesses everything were confiscated and NEVER returned when they were finally released. Nor were they ever compensated in any way to my knowlege. They deserve compensation or at least their heirs do. However, advocating that - I just stepped into my own minefield didn't I?
So what does that mean? That dog won't hunt, maybe? Well, it might if? How do we draw the line on what offenses by what government during what time are compensable? Clearly, I agree those folks from the Manzania type camps should be compensated - if they had been Italian Americans they WOULD have been compensated. But then where does that lead. What precedent is set? Or do we just accept ANY excuse or any excess if committed during the urgencies of wartime?
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