After Pearl Harbor, and despite the internment of many of their relatives in President Roosevelt’s camps, a number of Japanese Americans enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, to prove their loyalty to their country.
The resulting 442nd Infantry Regiment became one of the most decorated in American history. With a casualty rate of nearly 100 per cent, almost every man who served in this unit earned a Purple Heart, and 21 received Medals of Honor.
Those familiar with this incredible true story wondered right after 9/11 whether or not Muslim Americans would similarly volunteer and distinguish themselves. Although some did, the fact is that history didn’t repeat itself.
This brings us to the lasted anti-Trump “controversy”: After being personally criticized by the father of a heroic Muslim American service member during the DNC, Trump struck back, as he is wont to do.
Now the left (and some on the right) are denouncing Donald Trump for “insulting” a Gold Star family. There’s a problem, though:
In the media’s coverage of the incident, one fact seemed to predominate: That Khan was one of 14 Muslims killed in action after 9/11.
However, there was one thing that they didn’t point out: namely, that this is the same number of non-Muslim U.S. soldiers killed by Muslim U.S. soldiers in terror-related attacks during the same period.
Perhaps most famously was the attack by then-Army Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas, back in 2009, which killed 13, including 12 soldiers. Sometimes forgotten is the attack at the start of the Iraq War in 2003, when then-Army Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar killed two and wounded 14 in an attack at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait.
This is an emotional issue and it’s hard to know whether or not these damning facts will change anyone’s mind about Trump’s remarks. The Republican candidate himself remains unapologetic so far.
Source: Conservative Tribune