An Empire Of Corpses?
The anti-war upsurge indicates that a new American century is impossible
illustration by Jayachandran
"I left these shores, at Vancouver, a red-hot imperialist. I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific.... I said to myself, here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves.... But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the Treaty of Paris, and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone to conquer, not to redeem.... And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land."
Mark Twain, The New York Herald, October 15, 1900
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