To: Congressman Billybob
The history I have read on the US conquest of the Philippines was about 220,000 Filipino men, women and children dead (Wall Street Journal, "Death Toll," Nov. 19, 1997, P. 1.
About 4,000 Americans dead. It was pretty much a slaughter.
Comparing Iraq to Germany and Japan... both the latter nations ended war with official agreements, or treaties. There was an official war declared by Congress, and an official end to it. What followed afterwards was, in my opinion, a different kind of aftermath than in Iraq.
In Iraq, there is no truce. As of today, there isn't even a recognized government that I know of. Who can represent Iraq? Who can say who can represent Iraq?
The Army didn't surrender. The government didn't surrender. It was like the Soviet's going into Eastern European countries and just asserting their power. Not the same, of course, but we've invaded a country and told them they'll set up a government we approve of. Man, that is really taking liberties ... to use the word.
It's a strange situation. We're making the best of it.
posted on 09/22/2003 12:49:32 PM PDT
(Comparing this war to others)
The Army didn't surrender. The government didn't surrender.
The exact same thing can be said of the "Cold War." Who surrendered? What treaty was signed?
posted on 09/22/2003 12:52:21 PM PDT
(Which is more powerful: The story or the warrior?)
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