Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Muslim Moro massacre by Americans referred to by President Duterte


“…I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone to conquer, not to redeem… And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the [American] eagle put its talons on any other land.”



— Mark Twain
October 15, 1900
The New York Herald


THE DUTERTE-OBAMA ROMANCE

The Washington Times

On President Obama’s final trip to Asia, his lame-duck status is showing.

When Air Force One arrived in China Monday, no jetway was initially prepared for President Obama to descend — one of several snubs he is enduring on his final official trip to Asia. (Associated Press) 

Mr. Obama, who arrived in Laos late Monday night to become the first U.S. president ever to visit the Southeast Asian country, is encountering more than his usual share of friction and confrontation on his 10th trip to the region.

It started with his arrival at the airport in China, where Chinese officials failed to provide a portable staircase for Mr. Obama to disembark from the upper door of Air Force One with the typical grandiose visibility befitting a visiting head of state. Instead, the president emerged from a smaller staircase in the belly of the aircraft, and many saw it as a deliberate sign of disrespect by the Chinese.
Philippine Star reports:


"Who is he (Obama) to confront me?" Duterte said, adding the Philippines had not received an apology from the United States for misdeeds committed during its colonization of the Philippines.
He pointed to the killing of Muslim Moros more than a century ago during a US pacification campaign in the southern Philippines, blaming the wounds of the past as "the reason why (the south) continues to boil" with separatist insurgencies.

So, here's the photo of that massacre of Muslim Moros during the US pacification campaign in Jolo.



President Duterte was talking about this Jolo Massacre by the Americans, "they never apologized for that", and they intend to lecture the president of a sovereign country on extrajudicial killings?


Between the years 1899 and 1913 the United States of America wrote the darkest pages of its history. The invasion of the Philippines for no other reason than acquiring imperial possessions, prompted a fierce reaction of the Filipino people. 126,000 American soldiers were brought in to quell the resistance. As a result, 400,000 Filipino “insurrectos” died under the American fire and one million Filipino civilians died because of the hardship, mass killings and scorched earth tactics carried out by the Americans.

In total the American war against a peaceful people who fairly ignored the existence of the Americans until their arrival wiped out 1/6 of the population of the country. 

More than one hundred years have passed. Isn’t it high time that the USA army, Congress and Government apologised for the horrendous crimes and monstruous sufferings inflicted upon the peoples of the Philippines?



"American Artillery did wonderful execution in battles with the insurgents. In a trench in Sta Ana the Tagal dead lay in piles. The group shown in picture consisted of thirty eight bodies."
Filipino casualties on the first day of war. It was American policy at the turn of the century to kill as many Filipinos as possible. The rationale was straightforward:

“With a very few exceptions, practically the entire population has been hostile to us at heart,” wrote Brigadier General J. Franklin Bell. “In order to combat such a population, it is necessary to make the state of war as insupportable as possible, and there is no more efficacious way of accomplishing this than by keeping the minds of the people in such a state of anxiety and apprehension that living under such conditions will soon become intolerable.”

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