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December 19 12, 10:18am

@Irene

Yes and no. In 1898, the US and Spain went to war over made up reasons. The US won, bigtime. The US "paid" a bit of money, but got Spain to cede Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam, and the Philippines to the US. The Philippines set up a democracy based on the US and declared independence. The US did not agree... and went to war with them. What actually happened is basically hid somewhere in the history books, but hundreds of thousands of civilians died. The US promised the Filipinos independence... eventually. Then a few decades later, the Japanese invaded half of Asia, and conquered the Philippines from the US, where whatever the US did was just a drop in the bucket compared to the Japanese. But the US defeated Japan, and was not interested in another war and simply let the Filipinos be.