Phil Dirkx’s column about Donald Trump’s Muslim comments uses the Japanese internment in WWII as an example of hysteria (“Trump’s Muslim ban laced with racism and hysteria,” Dec. 10).
He overlooks a major cause of that egregious violation of human rights. The Japanese had acquired valuable agricultural lands (for example, on Palos Verdes Peninsula), which were coveted by others. The Hawaiian Japanese were not interned because they didn’t own any land. Hysteria was a convenient excuse.
Dan Hinz, San Luis Obispo