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GUEST EDITORIAL

18 May 2013

BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER

WHY DID AMERICA CONDEMN FILIPINOS AND MOROS
TO THE MINDANAO WAR?

(Series of 4 Parts)

 

PART I - BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN GREED FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POWER

By RRayhanR


It is recorded in global history that the government of the United States of America (USA) has committed "two monumental crimes against humanity."

Firstly, America has perpetrated the massacring of tens of millions aboriginal Indians ('native Americans'), including the gradual land-grabbing of their ancestral domain that apparently constitute now large part of so-called United States of America.

Secondly, the enslavement of the black African natives ('African Americans') for myriad years until outlawed by a providential conscious assassinated American President Abraham Lincoln.

Without slightest remorseful thought up to facing moral responsibility for the horrible criminal activities, America only addressed the twin injustices against the oppressed humanity with heartless slogan-saving declaration: "Let us advance and move forward!"

On this glaring light of early American history, the words of caution of Martin Luther King, Jr. come to the fore. He said, "nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Thus, the attitude of America in lightly dismissing moral responsibility is typical of the western material world jargon - 'business as usual'. But how can ethical and moral responsibility of tragic action be dismissed lightly?

Backdrop by the gruesome injustices that inflicted unthinkable pain and misery against helpless and oppressed humanity, this was probably the typical American motivation that drove the U.S. government to embark on the genocidal war of colonial conquest over the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) starting in 1901. This was after easily overpowering the Spanish-colonised Christian Filipinos of Luzon and Visayas, wherein particularly In Samar the American soldiers massacred half a million Visayan Filipinos. 

Clearly, the greed of American imperialism in the brutal colonisation and occupation of Moroland is captured by a prominent Muslim educator, Dr. Macapado A. Muslim, who stressed:

"After the defeat of the Filipino revolutionaries in 1901, the ugly face of American occupation started to unfold in Moroland. Like the Spaniards, the American occupation forces had a hidden agenda, i.e., the economic exploitation of the people and resources of their colonies. The primary greed in the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, including Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, is crystal clear in the remarks of the U.S. Senator Albert Beveridge in a speech to a Bostonian audience."

"We must obey our blood and occupy new markets, and if necessary new lands. American factories are making more than the American people can use. American soil is producing more than they can consume. Fate has written our policy for us. The trade of the world must and shall be ours."

"To exploit the riches of Mindanao and Sulu would require the effective incorporation of Moroland into the orbit of U.S. control. Hence, acquisition of them by virtue of the Treaty of Paris must be made real. And since the desired economic exploitation of Mindanao would have to be at the expense of the Moros and other indigenous inhabitants of Mindanao, and expecting that the Moros would most likely give a fight as they did the Spaniards, then the United States had to use its military might. The Moros had to be forced to pave the way for the realization of the economic interests of Uncle Sam in their homeland. And some excuses had to be made to legitimize the whole scale use of force against the Moros whose only interest was survival and freedom."

Thus, bordering on "some excuses", including the fraudulent 1898 Treaty of Paris, in forcibly land-grabbing Moroland to the detriment of the indigenous Muslim and Lumad natives, the U.S. government used the 'law of the jungle' that 'might is right' in colonising the ancestral homeland of the Moros and Highlanders.

The truth is had the U.S. government exercised conscientious morality and political goodwill from the start, it is indeed a historical mockery why the Spanish invaders were able to deceive America into purchasing for $20,000,000 the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan highlighted by the notorious 1898 Treaty of Paris when Moroland was never a part of the Spanish-conquered Philippines and was never colonised and occupied by the Spanish invaders.

 Furthermore, premised on the blatant and naked threat of American plunder and loot of the mineral, agricultural and aquatic riches of Mindanao, the U.S. government under President Theodore Roosevelt made no 'excuses' to use its military war machine of mass destruction against the Bangsamoro people in subjugating them into forced submission as colonial slaves similar to the aboriginal Indian natives right in their own backyard.

Thus, the parallelism of the obnoxious American cliche came into play that "a good Indian is a dead Indian" to the Filipino colonialist version of "a good Moro is a dead Moro.

However, in the course of military action to forcibly impose colonial hegemony on the Bangsamoro people, the American marauders found out that the Moro freedom fighters were not of the same breed with the subservient Indian natives in the old frontier America.        

 It is recalled that the U.S. government subdued the native Indians in a series of genocidal war of extermination that led them to be caged into settlements through deceptive peace treaties until finally being coopted to become extinct as a free and sovereign Indian Nation.

Thus, in the book, "With The Bravest: The Unfolding Story Of The Sulu Freedom Fighters Of WWII", the American Asian ('Amerasian'), Dr. Ernesto M. Espaldon, wrote:

"When the American forces arrived to garrison Sulu in 1899 after the Treaty of Paris, the natives defied the new invaders. Tampering with native customs and traditions, and imposing taxes upon occupying their land, the Americans caused bitter resentment among the natives. Such resentment subsequently erupted into a bloody uprising which the Americans found too costly to contain."

 

PART II- THE COST OF AMERICAN-MORO WAR IN MINDANAO

                                    (To be continued)

 

   

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