This is regarding Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian’s argument that the government is not required to provide the children in the migrant detainment camps with soap and toothbrushes.
There is no religion that finds this acceptable. Humanists don’t find this ethical. This is not a different political view.
I define concentration camps as places where a group of people are imprisoned because of a shared quality: race, nationality, legal status, religion, sexuality, for example. The ultimate official goal is to kill off the prisoners, either by direct means, or by deliberately creating conditions that will cause the deaths of a large number of the prisoners. That there may be survivors doesn’t mitigate the situation.
I define internment camps as places to imprison the same groups of people as listed above. However, the ultimate official goal is to release those people once certain outside political conditions are met.
Using these definitions, imprisoning children while denying them soap makes the camp a concentration camp. It is an established fact that lack of access to basic cleanliness, including access to soap, leads to epidemics, such as cholera, which have high mortality rates. Cholera symptoms can appear in as little as 12 hours, or in five days. It usually takes two to three days. Therefore, if a government deliberately creates these conditions, it is knowingly creating conditions that will lead to the death of the prisoners.
Yes, cholera is treatable. So is starvation and deathly temperature. That it can be treated doesn’t stop it from being a lethal living condition.