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America The Not-So-Beautiful

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"To begin at the beginning" (if I may borrow a phrase from Dylan Thomas) with the birth of a nation founded on the principles stated so elegantly by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--


All men are created equal?. . .life, LIBERTY?. . .This amid an accommodation of slavery so necessary for economic growth and an accommodation of genocide so necessary for territorial growth? With apologies to and for Jefferson, a slave-holder himself, but one I admire for many reasons, we can't help but admit that it smacks of hypocrisy.

Connect the dots.

However, there was no hypocrisy in the secession of Texas from Mexico and its annexation by the United States; it was a blatant and admitted desire for coast-to-coast territorial expansion by the United States to be accomplished by a boastful, brazen, and blatant force of arms. Unfortunately, this greedy desire for expansion made necessary   genocide of Native Americans.

Connect the dots.

At the close of the 19th century, the battleship USS Maine sank in Havana harbor under very suspicious circumstances, which gave American forces an excuse to invade Cuba and drive out the Spanish. While great historical emphasis is given to the war in Cuba, little attention is given to the shameful and simultaneous acquisition of the Philippines, another Spanish colony, taking place in the Far East. It was shameful in that after the Spanish were driven out, the Philippines sought independence, but that was not to be. War between America and the Philippines broke out and lasted for more than three years with estimated Filipino casualties placed at between 34,000 and 1,000,000.   It ended with American annexation. American expansion had suddenly gone global.

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Connect the dots.

It was just a few years later during WWI that the liner RMS Lusitania sank off the coast of Ireland with a loss of 128 American lives. It had been hit by a single torpedo from a German submarine that was assumed to be the cause of her sinking; however, it was determined by divers in 2008 that the ship actually sank as the result of secondary explosions of munitions in her hold in violation of U.S. neutrality. Although President Wilson denied knowledge of the munitions, we will never know the truth. In any event, the incident took us into WWI. This, was, however, not the only or the greatest reason for our entrance. What is even lesser known is that there was a secret proposition offered to the British. It was understood that   the British would, at the end of the war, come into possession of that part of the expired Ottoman Empire known as Palestine. The House of Rothschild and the international banking community sent a letter on behalf of the recently formed Zionist Movement to His Majesty's government asking the British to then designate Palestine as a homeland for the Jewish people. They offered as a quid pro quo that they would in turn use their considerable Jewish influence to bring America into the war on the side of the allies. The British response came in the form of a letter from the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, known as the Balfour Declaration. It read as follows:

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

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"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

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