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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:57 PM
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Mark Twain: "We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem.";
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Mark Twain: We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem

Mark Twain, 100 years ago:

“I have read carefully the Treaty … and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem … It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

Whooee. Funny how we know him for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - impressive works of course - but not for things like this.

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Well, that’s us.



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especially NOTE."...let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way.

And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”


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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:59 PM
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1. love mark twain
turned me on to reading, he did.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:09 PM
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2. did you ever read his "war prayer" or "letters from the earth" (both of
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 10:18 PM by niyad
which, by the way, are available on the web)
also, "a pen warmed up in hell"

the old boy really knew his stuff.
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