Philippine War Essay

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Philippine War

The Philippine War


I don't believe the Philippine War was justified. There are more ways than war to solve
the annexation of the Philippines. I agree on some of the policies, but not all of the
policies, that were in place during that time period.

I believe the war was not justified for a number of reasons. The ratio of dead to wounded
was higher than it was in the civil war which is considered one of the saddest wars in
this country's history. In the civil war, the ratio was one wounded to five killed, where
as in the Philippine War, the ratio was one wounded to twelve killed. America instead of
trying to peacefully resolve the situation, decided that force was a more potent way to
talk and guarantee control of the newly gained possession. I would use war as a last
result, trying diplomacy first. It was good that the United States was freeing a country
from an immoral government, but there are better ways to solve the controversy of what to
do with the new annexation.

There were several policies in place at the time, some which were put into place before
the war, some during the war, and some after. The ratification of the annexation process
was long and difficult. There were debates as to how to treat the Filipino people. One
suggestion was to treat the Filipinos as dependents, and not citizens, like the Native
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