ON-Lion Letter
Hudson Institute senior fellows John Fonte and Michael Horowitz testified in March before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, on the Wartime Treatment Study Act.  The Act would establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees in America during World War II.

"To begin with," Fonte told the Subcommittee, "many facts cited in the Wartime Treatment Study Act are wrong" and "[t]he bill's terminology is fraudulent."  If the commissions are created, he said, "we, as a nation, will have moved from honoring the 'greatest generation' to trashing it.  The generation that through tremendous sacrifices defeated the totalitarian axis of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the militarists of Imperial Japan."

Fonte directs the Center for American Common Culture at Hudson, which is in Washington, D.C.

The Act, he concluded, "is not only historically inaccurate, most importantly, it will teach us the wrong lessons about how to protect our country in the future."

Horowitz told the Congressmen that "[t]he bill profoundly fails to take context into account -- as evidenced by its failure to acknowledge that World War II was a desperate period in which America was fighting for its very survival, when the survival of freedom throughout the world hung in the balance and when America's success in this struggle was by no means assured" (emphasis in original).

Horowitz direct Hudson's Project for International Religious Liberty and its Project for Civil Justice Reform.

The Act, he said, "would make its Olympian, after-the-fact standards for judging American officials and policies the basis for judging America's current anti-terrorism officials and policies" (emphasis also in original).

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports Hudson and Fonte's Center.
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