May 26, 2009

Senator George Hoar on the seeds of empire planted in the Philippines (1902)

We crushed the only republic in Asia. We made war on the only Christian people in the East. We vulgarized the American flag. We inflicted torture on unarmed men to extort confessions. We put children to death. We established reconcentration camps. We baffled the aspirations of a people for liberty.

~ Republican Senator George F. Hoar of Massachusetts, writing in 1902 about America's involvement in the Philippines

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