The Phillipine Insurrection is a pretty unknown campaign now-a-days.
There were two Philippine Insurrections. One by nationalists(mostly Catholic) and one by the Moros (the one I'm covering on this thread). The Moros were fighting for the same thing they're fighting our Philippine allies and our Special Forces for, an Islamic state.
posted on 05/24/2003 9:03:27 PM PDT
Yep. Those Moros were tough to bring down, someone already mentioned the M-1911
posted on 05/24/2003 9:49:12 PM PDT
(Never hit a man with glasses; hit him with your fist.)
I was about to make a similar comment.
If you've ever read the book Benevolent Assimilation, it gives a pretty decent account of the Insurrection(s.)
Unfortunately, now I must wonder about distortions made by the author or rather the lack of context. I certainly don't remember reading anything about the barbaric habits of the Moros, only that they were Muslim. Sadly, Filipinos in general were called niggers by American troops and large internment camps rife with disease and malnutrition were built. It was sort of a Strategic Hamlet concept without the amenities.
I think there WAS a betrayal of the Aguinaldo Nationalists by the US. I think they'd probably have been amenable to a 5-10 year stewardship if the US had simply proposed that, instead of insisting on colonization. Though Americans were right to fight the Moros(anyone would be) that doesn't excuse their conduct in the rest of the archipelago.
posted on 05/25/2003 10:18:25 AM PDT
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