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PostGerman Genocide in Namibia; US Genocide in Philippines? (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 01/15/14 7:19 am)
The Herero genocide in Namibia was the first massacre of the 20th century. I'd like to add the one-sided battles in the Philippine War (1899 -1902), where Filipino troops were virtually massacred by US Troops. The intended result of the Kaiser's men was no different from the massacres and genocide of Native American tribes in the 19th century. Anglo-Americans figured if they wipe out the buffaloes, the Native American tribes would follow. And they were right.
Among the massacres and killings of the 21st century, what stands out was the election-related Maguindanao Massacre in the Philippines in Nov. 2009, where 57 people were killed. See my WAIS post: "Philippines: Suspects Sought in Election Massacre of 57" 11 December 2009:
It's the worst not because 30 journalists were killed or 21 women were mostly raped, sexually mutilated while they were still alive then killed, but because the UN gave the victims a false sense of security when Philip Alston in a high-profile visit "blasted Pres. Gloria Arroyo for failure to end political killings," five months before the massacre took place. The case is still pending.
Worse, the World Bank gave a $3.7 billion loan to the Philippines in October 2011 and another $300 million last July 13, 2013. There might be other loans, grants, and aid I am not aware of. I've excluded the $150 million donations from the international community for the typhoon relief efforts.
The Philippines is a former US territory and this country has a special responsibility to those islands and its people. We should stop funding oppression and the undemocratic oligarchy in the Philippines, withdraw our Ambassador and encourage others to do the same.
JE comments: Speck in the eye, log in the eye. Were the US actions in the Philippines (Moro Rebellion, etc.) any less genocidal than the Germans in Namibia? Arms historians will point out that the M1911 .45-caliber pistol, the principal side arm of the US armed forces for three generations, was developed to give increased "stopping power" over the .38 cartridge, when fighting against Filipino natives.
"Stopping power": a benign way to characterize such a brutal event.