Friday, August 11, 2006

Of Men and Vision

President William McKinley (1897-1901): "I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and guidance … and one night late it came to me this way.… We could not leave (the Philippines) to themselves--they were unfit for self-government--and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's was.… There was nothing left for us to do but take them all and educate the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them."

Now doesn't that sound familiar ... see the puzzle fitting nicely together in this 'new Middle East' a la Fascists Bush and co.

Philadelphia Ledger newspaper in 1901, from its Manila [Philippines] correspondent during the US war with Spain for the control of the Philippines: "Our men . . . have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of 10 up.... Our soldiers have pumped salt water into men to "make them talk," and have taken prisoners people who held up their hands and peacefully surrendered, and an hour later. . . stood them on a bridge and shot them down one by one, to drop into the water below and float down, as examples to those who found their bullet-loaded corpses."

Richard Nixon to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the Watergate tapes: "The only place you and I disagree . . . is with regard to the bombing. You're so goddamned concerned about the civilians, and I (in contrast) don't give a damn. I don't care.". . . "I'd rather use the nuclear bomb. . . Does that bother you? I just want you to think big."

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. "This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love."

... J

1 Comments:

Anonymous Nas said...

when mussolini invaded abbysinia (ethiopia now) and the abbysinian president stood in the league of nations (the ex-UN) to call on the world to come to his aid, mussolini replied by saying that they (abbysinians) should be honored that Italy has come to civilise these backwards black peoples.

the western world's manifest destiny is a standard policy up till today. it is the assessing the market value of ethnic blood and you can guess the colour of the major shareholders.

surely palestinians willing to blow themselves up are uncivilized barbarians with no legitimate grievences.

just another national past time

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