I know this is from a left-leaning/anti-war website...but this war atrocity saddens me to the core.Submitted by RaulPon on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:33
I did not even learned/heard nor read about this version in my history class back home, when I was growing up...this really saddens me.
Philippine-American War of 1899
The brutal slaughter ignored in U.S. textbooks
By Lydia Bayoneta
The Philippine-American War of 1899 is remembered by Filipinos and by working class and progressive people around the world as the first national liberation struggle fought in Asia against the United States. It serves as an example of how U.S. imperialism, even in its infancy, practiced genocide of a monstrous proportion.
Little or nothing can be found about the Philippine-American War in public school textbooks in the United States. In the Philippines, the schools were reorganized by U.S. colonial administrators to make sure that an entire generation of Filipinos was miseducated about the war. This is remarkable in view of the tremendous resources committed to the war by the U.S. government and the high number of casualties suffered by both sides.
The U.S. military budget was increased at the time to a record high $400 million. And 126,468 U.S. troops were deployed in the war. Of these, 4,234 were killed--almost twice as many as had died in the preceding Spanish-American War.
There were at least 20,000 Filipino battle casualties, by the U.S. count. No official records were kept of civilian casualties. However, in 1901 the New York Times interviewed Gen. Franklin Bell, who was responsible for setting up concentration camps in the province of Batangas. He estimated that 600,000 Filipino civilians had been killed as a direct or indirect result of the war on the island of Luzon alone.