History Counts – Part 1/2

Atrocities abound in the history books concerning treatment of Native American Indians during the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. The Spanish destroyed the Aztec and Inca civilizations with disease and warfare, and the Catholic mission system in California enslaved Native American Indians.

After the Civil War, the United States military was sent west to drive North American native Indians from the land they had lived on for thousands of years and slaughtered men, women and children—millions died.

Today, many of the surviving American natives live in horrible poverty on reservations.

Then the American government grabbed Hawaii from the native Hawaiian people against their will. (There is a native Hawaiian nonviolent separatist movement asking for freedom from America.)

After the Spanish American War, America took possession of the Philippine islands and waged war against the native people killing
more than two hundred thousand. This went on until America entered World War II.

In fact, the treatment of American Indians has not changed much. The United States government might not wage brutal war against Native American Indians today as they did in the past, but in recent times billions of dollars slated to support Native American Indian tribes on reservations went missing, and no one seems to care where all that money went—except the native Indians.

It would appear that the era of lies and broken treaties has not ended.

If you want to learn more about native American Indians, I suggest you read what the New York Times said about the work written by Vine Deloria Jr., and check out Native American Literature worth reading.

Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee Nation froze or starved to death on the trail to Oklahoma Indian Territory. This video explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838.

It is best to stay away from Hollywood movies if you want to discover the truth.

When I brought this topic up in a 2010 E-mail conversation with a conservative, evangelical Christian friend, he said what happened in the past does not count today.

I disagree. History always counts. Jesus Christ said, “Let he who has no sin, cast the first stone,” and, “Go and sin no more”, and investigations in Iraq revealed that under President George W. Bush, the CIA was torturing prisoners.

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Most in the West and America have heard about Tibet and the demands by Tibetans in exile that Tibet be free from China to rule itself. We hear claims of human rights violations taking place without much evidence to support the claims, and people that fear and hate Communism (the word not the reality) will believe anything.

The American media recently revealed that tens of thousands of illegal aliens in America (some seeking political asylum) were locked up in detention centers and were not getting proper medical care and were dying because of it.

Unlike Mao’s time, today’s Chinese leaders must answer to the seventy-million Party members scattered throughout China. These people listen to the 1.3 billion Chinese that do not belong to the party. The result: if an elected official is not doing his or her job, that person usually isn’t reelected.

Continued on October 14, 2011 in History Counts – Part 2


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Note: This revised and edited post first appeared in February 2010 as An American Genocide, An American Shadow Over the Philippines, In a Dark Mirror Without Reflection, and After Mao.

6 Responses to History Counts – Part 1/2

  1. merlin says:

    Thanks for the post, it’s very interesting. I didnt know the US govt and Native tribes were STILL battling each other today (except in the less violent manner of disappearing money). I still find it boggling that a person would be more afraid of Communism (misused as a cover-up for dictator) than the US govt. I mean, China at least has kept a lot of things within their border? They do threaten outside nations, but usually it’s skirmishes over disputed water territory. I’m just surprised people would fear Chinese more than the rich/powerful elite in US govt and CIA. The US has done some major atrocities from stealing the land from the natives (American Revolutionary period) all the way up to the massacre in the Philippines (WW2). Add the CIA that operates behind closed doors and tries to clean up their mess BEFORE that door is ever opened (like traditional ninja myth from Japan), and it surprises me people still fear China as a whole. Yet people in the US would rather cuddle up with an Atom bomb and call a psychopathic murderer their “mommy” and “daddy”. Forgive me for making such a blunt statement because I cannot think of any other term to describe the US govt body as a whole. I’m also trying to make a simple description of the US from everything I know about it. Like a psychopath, there is a good/calm side. It makes the evil/insane side seem logically impossible.

    • Merlin,

      History shows us that power of all sorts corrupts most people (from private individuals to government employees and generals) and that applies to the United States too, and the corruption that results comes in many guises.

      The US would probably be better off if it brought all the troops home, closed down all foreign military bases and stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and cultures but I suspect it is too late to turn the ship-of-state away from the course it is now on. Something similar happened to the Greek democracies after the Persians were defeated at Marathon and then Thermopile about 400 to 500 years before Christ. What followed was Greek culture spreading along the shores of the meditranian as far as North Africa and this eventually led to the end of democracy in Greece for a long period numbered in centuries. After defeating the Persian Empire twice, the power went to the heads of the Greek people providing the support needed to spread Greek influence outside Greece as is happening with America and the British Empire before the US.

      One way to do that would be to wean the US off foreign oil by moving more boldly toward alternative energies such as fuel cells.

      I was reading recently that soon (in the next year or so) we will start to see hydrogen fuel cell powered cars hitting the market and within five to seven years, there will be more than a million of them on the roads. As it is, there are busses and hotels in remote tourist destinations that have been using larger fuel cells for a number of years successfully.

      Here is a link to a post about a 2012 Hyundai i-blue hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, which will be available in a few months.


      In fact, Green Car Reports says, “Of course, Hyundai is not alone in its efforts to promote vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells as a worthy alternative for future mobility. Honda has enjoyed mixed results with its FCX Clarity and next year Mercedes-Benz will roll out a test fleet of its hydrogen powered B-Class F-cell.”

      Here’s a link to information to Honda’s already available hydrogen fuel-cell car — the FCX Clarity.


      I also was told that US troops are now switching from old-fashioned batteries to small-fuel cells to power their field radios and other equipment and have been doing this for years now.

      • merlin says:

        You put it all quite bluntly in saying, “Close down shop and bring ’em home.” I agree because I feel the government is taking on TOO much of a burden trying to police the world (which cost money and raises taxes). Besides that, our men overseas can sometimes have a few wild parties that disturb the peace (example: the police in Japan constantly complaining about rape victims/assault accusing the US military/navy/af). As a side note, I’d like to also add that while in China most said that the worst bar fights that required police interference were committed by foreigners. Chinese do argue and fight, but it tends to fizzle out and doesnt usually turn into a bloody brawl. As funny as it sounds, I think you make a descent point in “pack and come home” idea. Actually, it MIGHT help cut back on govt spending and stop our slow decline into the hole. Also I think it would be nice if there was a way that spending money could turn around and be spent on improving life in the US. We have too many poor, homeless, jobless, people. Also too much drugs, shootings, and vandals. In China I rarely saw grafitti. Guns are banned (hence no shootings). Drug ban is strictly enforced (whereas in US it’s slowly being legalized starting with CA). One thing I loved in China was you can walk at night as late as you want. You can sleep in a 24 hr Mcdonald. You can live in the poorest places. All of it is safe. When I came back and landed in LA, I noticed broken windows. I saw creepy people. Buildings looked drab. Point is, I got this overall feeling of gloom and doom as a first impression of LA.

        I wish my hometown would begin alternative energy production. Currently we use coal here, although with new legislation in the state…there will be a higher cost for production (due to the pollution from the coal) as such it will domino effect and the individual will feel the burn on their next utility bill. Currently we are known as the top pollution city of Eastern Iowa due to the factories which might be causing all the cases of untreatable cancers. I told mom (works for power/water company) it’s too bad we dont install Thorium reactors (thanks for the blog post about Thorium a few months ago). My hometown is on the bend of the Mississippi so anybody building a Thorium reactor would have the Mississippi river to use if needed. It might cost a bundle to build, but it should ultimately pay for itself since Thorium is considered “worthless”.

      • Merlin,

        There are also those “pellet” reactors that do not require water for cooling–just air since the uranium pellets are incased in carbon and the carbon casing controls the temperature in some way. China is building a few of this type of reactor too as they decide which way to go while subsidizing green energy in a big way.

        While Americans scream foul since China subsidizes the growth of solar and wind generated energy sources (now making China the number one producer of these products in the world), American coal power plants keep spewing out soot without modernizing to filter much of the air born pollution before it enters the atmosphere where conservative loud mouths say it does not contribute the the global warming that is taking place.

        Imagine, if America’s politically correct conservatives or liberals complaints could control what other countries do about pollution, what would the air look like if coal, diesel and gasoline were the only acceptable forms of generating energy other than hydropower from dams? In fact, would those other countries be allowed to modernize and develop to catch up with the US and Europe? Probably not. They would be forced to stay medieval cultures with average life spans of 35. That way the world’s oil would be reserved for already developed Western nations.

        By the way, China has more hydropower dams than the entire world combined. About half the hydroelectric generating dams in the world are in China and China is building more as America’s politically correct environmentalists complain that China is destroying all of its wild rivers and forcing rural villages to relocate after the dams are building and the water behind them creates water storage lakes where villages once stood.

        Without those dams, less electricity and less water to use when droughts hit, which happen often in China? Water storage is essential to avoid famines and crop failures, which have plagued China for thousands of years.

      • merlin says:

        I have mixed feelings for the hydroelectric dams in China.

        I agree it is sad that they flood ancient towns and divert rivers. China is full of interesting history. The big mystery of China is everything has not been discovered. If you compare China with Egypt, most tourists go through the actual historic places and pyramids. Whereas in China, most of the history we know today is from a book. The government can be a hindrance in archaeology, and instead of allowing future generations to learn from the past, they would rather cover it up with huge man-made lakes to build a dam. Also, as one Chinese-American from San Francisco once said, China has poor quality in construction. SOMEDAY the great 3 Gorges Dam will break and flood the major cities in it’s wake. Other dams can have the same thing happen. So by looking at the bigger picture it doesnt make much sense to flood small towns in order to build a poor quality dam that will eventually bust and flood the big cities along the way to the ocean.

        Still, I think China should be commended for it’s efforts of trying to get it’s huge population on alternate energy. The communist belief is sacrifice one for the good of the whole, so maybe they think by flooding 1 city they are bringing modernization through the wires to many more.

      • Merlin,

        While it is true that China has examples of poor construction, that may be due to the fact that China may not have had any standardized construction guidelines such as in the United States where building a home or an addition must go through a local planning department and be inspected as it is being built.

        However, China has been studying how we do things in the West and has been implementing such uniform standards by creating new agencies so the odds are that newer construction that was properly supervised, (which is the key here since many Chinese will try to circumvent that proper supervision to save money), will most probably be built better.

        And if a recent projejct such as the Three Gorges Dam was built by the government instead of a private company or individual, the chances are that job was supervised closely and may have been constructed to a higher quality similar to most Western projects of that type. That said, mother nature (earthquakes, etc) has a way to damage or destroy anything man makes.

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