A Broken Promise in the Philippines
“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.”
The U.S. kept their promises to the Cubans but not the Filipinos for the sake of their position in the world as an imperialist super power. Everything the U.S. needs and wants can be found in the Philippines, losing such a territory would be a major loss for an empire that has just begun to expand. The Filipinos have none of the requirements and prerequisites that are listed in the U.S. imaginary “independent government rule book.” Because of all the misdemeanors caused by the Filipinos towards the Americans, the U.S. feels that its absolutely necessary to engage in war against the Philippines so that the U.S. can teach them how to be a “proper” and “modern” civilization. The U.S. broke their promises to the Philippines in order to secure everything they own(in their vision) and to carve the entire nation into an imitation of the U.S. government so that they can better their economy in foreign lands.
The United States believes that the Philippines as a country are incapable of being independent and running their own government separately from the U.S. Rebellion and riots take place often and strike the U.S. as a threat to constructing the government they ultimately want. Every week, every moment the U.S. stayed longer in the Philippines, the more men died from both sides, especially the civilians living in the Philippines. Civilian deaths in the Philippines were taken very seriously, to the extent that the U.S. was waging
an assault on the people and not the government. An empire hungers for the power and thirst for fear over its oppressed. Making an inferior afraid is the key to satisfying a stable economy because it makes sure the native people are terrorized and have a clear distance from threatening major global investments.
The Philippines is conveniently located right next to many Asian countries, such as China and Japan, both of which are opening up to the world of the new 20th Century economy and trade. With the absolute military might of the U.S., China has no choice but to follow the new “open door” policy which allows other countries, especially the U.S. to trade with China. Having a base right next to China with new markets and Japan, a new and booming modern economy and country, money almost seems countless. The Philippines can’t be in a place any better than where it is, the U.S. needs it to expand on “their” claimed side of the world. Expansion and total domination over the markets will eventually lead to limitless amounts of power and influence over the world.
One broken promise, or even multiple broken promises have no comparison to the amounts of power, influence, expansion, and money to be gained from retaining possession of the Philippines in the eyes of the United States. The Philippines was merely a possession that was highly desired by the U.S. government as a beneficial market in the far, unkown, and much to be discovered Pacific. The U.S. kept their promises to the Cubans but not the Filipinos for the sake of their position in the world as an imperialist super power.
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