RE: Theos-World US Karma
Sep 17, 2001 00:32 AM
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER.........
The Spanish-American War, which was fought in 1898, marked a turning
in American history. Within a few years after the war ended, the United
States was exercising control or influence over islands in the Caribbean
Sea, the mid-Pacific and close to the Asian mainland.
By the 1890s, Cuba and Puerto Rico were the only remnants of Spain's
vast empire in the New World, while the Philippine Islands comprised the
core of Spanish power in the Pacific. The outbreak of war had three
principal sources: popular hostility to autocratic Spanish rule;
sympathy with demands for independence; and a new spirit of national
assertiveness in the United States, stimulated in part by a "jingoistic"
nationalistic and sensationalist press.
In 1895 Cuba's growing wrath against the tyranny of the mother country
into a war of independence. The United States watched the course of the
uprising with mounting concern. Most Americans were sympathetic with the
Cubans, but President Cleveland was determined to preserve neutrality.
years later, however, during the McKinley administration, the U.S.
Maine was destroyed while lying at anchor in Havana harbor, under
circumstances that are still unclear (it is thought that the US
destroyed it as an excuse to declare war on Spain, which has always
perpetrating this attack, Spain had NOTHING to gain by it, and
lose). More than 250 men were killed, and an outburst of indignation,
intensified by sensationalized press coverage, swept across the country.
Although for a time McKinley tried to preserve the peace, within a few
months, believing delay futile, he recommended armed intervention.
The war with Spain was swift and decisive. During the four months it
not a single American reverse of any importance occurred. A week after
declaration of war, Commodore George Dewey, then at Hong Kong, proceeded
with his squadron of six vessels to the Philippines. His orders were to
prevent the Spanish fleet based there from operating in American waters.
caught the entire Spanish fleet at anchor and destroyed it without
Meanwhile, in Cuba, troops landed near Santiago, where, after winning a
rapid series of engagements, they fired on the port. Four armored
cruisers steamed out of Santiago Bay and a few hours later were reduced
>From Boston to San Francisco, whistles blew and flags waved when word
that Santiago had fallen. Newspapers dispatched correspondents to Cuba
the Philippines, who trumpeted the renown of the nation's new heroes.
among them were George Dewey of Manila fame and Theodore Roosevelt, who
resigned as assistant secretary of the navy to lead the "Rough Riders,"
volunteer regiment he recruited for service in Cuba. Spain soon sued for
peace, and in the treaty signed on December 10, 1898, transferred Cuba
the United States for temporary occupation preliminary to the island's
independence. In addition, Spain ceded Puerto Rico and Guam in lieu of
indemnity, and the Philippines on payment of $20 million.
Having overseas possessions was a new experience for the United States.
Consequently, the new territories were encouraged to move toward
self-government, a political system with which none of them had any
From: Bart Lidofsky [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, 17 September 2001 1:55 AM
Subject: Re: Theos-World US Karma
Mic Forster wrote:
> Dear Frank and Bart,
> You've both lost it.
I used to work for a political fundraising agency.
Somehow, we got on several neo-Nazi mailing lists. I would read
their literature. Frank's phraseology is identical to the
phraseology I used to read in the neo-Nazi newspapers.
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