THE UGLY ORIGINS OF AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES

History again you need to know! Why the fuck the USA got the Philippines and stayed there and destroyed people and things…..

Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, has been invited to the United States, a country intimately connected with the Philippine archipelago since the Spanish-American War.

When America defeated Spain in 1898, Filipinos thought three centuries of colonialism were over. They declared the birth of a republic, wrote a constitution, and formed a government under the leadership of Emilio Aguinaldo. But by the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, America took possession of the over 7,600 islands that make up the Philippines by paying Spain $20 million for them.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Filipinos were outraged. The Philippine-American war that followed from 1899-1902 is considered by many historians to be the first counterinsurgency fought by the U.S. The war featured guerrilla warfare by the Filipinos and, on the American side, “concentration zones,” scorched earth tactics, retaliation, and torture.

The war was intensely criticized in the U.S. by anti-imperialists like Mark Twain and Democratic Party leader William Jennings Bryan, who were the most notable critics of the war and the way it was fought. Military dissenters were also prominent critics.

Frank Schumacher details the debate over the use of torture by American forces in the Philippines. In the “water cure” a prisoner’s mouth and nose were flooded with torrents of water from tanks funneled through syringes. Today we call this waterboarding.

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