Saturday, August 21, 2004

Malkin Dissected

Eric Muller and Gene Robinson of IsThatLegal give Malkin's "In Defense of Internment" an exceedingly thorough going over; unsurprisingly, the book turns out to be a pile of steaming cr*p, felling strawmen aplenty as it clumsily pushes towards its true objective, which is to legitimise racial profiling, and (who knows?) maybe even the future internment of all Muslims of American descent. Following is an interesting tidbit gleaned from the document:

I would have loved to get a review copy of the book from the publisher, as some bloggers on the right and some warbloggers did, but I didn't. And it's strange that I didn't, given that (a) I'm the only person in the blogosphere who regularly blogs about the government's wartime treatment of Japanese Americans, (b) Michelle wrote yesterday that it was my lengthy exchanges with Sparky at Sgt. Stryker 16 months ago that inspired her to do much of the research for her book, and (c) Michelle cites my work, both approvingly (where, on page 352, she speaks of my "thoughtful" analysis in this article on racial profiling) and disapprovingly (where, on pages 110 and 334, she faults my book "Free to Die for their Country" for "exalting ... belligerent draft resisters" in the camps).
Of course, one of those warbloggers who happened to enjoy the good fortune of recieving an advance copy was none other than ... Glenn Reynolds! It seems Malkin and her publishers took care to ensure that advance copies would fall into the hands of only those parties who could be counted on to give her book a sympathetic reading, at which undertaking they succeeded admirably.