Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wars, Remembered and Forgotten

In Brad Linaweaver's alternate history novel, Moon of Ice, [link], there's a list of the wars that the United States has been in. It's startling. I don't have the book in front of me right now — and I do recommend the book highly, for a number of reasons — but I remember that it mentions about ten times as many wars as the average person knows about. Even if you skip the Indian wars that took place within US territory, you still have a lot more than you'd expect. For some reason, everybody knows about the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the two Gulf wars. And that's about it. For a more comprehensive list, Wikipedia has this [link].

True, most of the little-known wars were short and probably not very well-known when they were being fought, but there was one war, sort of considered two wars, that lasted from 1899 to 1913. Can you guess?

The first was called the Philippine-American war, and started when Spain lost the country to us, and we laid claim to it. Immediately, the revolt, which had been going on against Spain since 1896, transferred its hostilities to us, until we formally put it down in 1902. But it continued anyway, renamed the Moro Rebellion, till 1913, when the revolutionaries gave up. And we finally granted them full independence in 1946. How about that for an unknown war? Know of any other interesting ones?

All this is to introduce a piece on what's going on currently in the Philippines, with a lot of retrospective on the events I just recounted, and lots of great political cartoons of the war period, from the Unz Review [link]:

Mindanao, Duterte, and the Real History of the Philippines

1 comment:

  1. Ferdinan Marcos was our dictator, along with his wife Imelda, but if the shoe fits...

    Washington said to avoid foreign entanglements (Jefferson did the Embargo) Eisenhower talked about the Military-Industrial complex.

    For all the worry about putting too much stock in the presidency - the executive - I wish we would listen to them when they point out how even they are manipulated.