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In my opinion The United States ordeal with Annexing the Philippines and the idea that we had of going into war with them was great mistake and should have been avoided The Filipinos and Americans were deadlocked in war with each other This all became a controversy with the two nations in 1898 when the Treaty of Paris between Spain and the United Stated ceded all seven thousand islands of the Philippine archipelago to the United States for just a mere twenty-million dollars Congress had approved the treaty with Spain by February of 1899 Mckinley was on the verge of calling for the annexation of the Philippines which brought on a bloody two year struggle In my opinion the United States was the cause of all of this because of three different reasons for one our government would not listen any other people besides them selfs on the situation and secondly because of some of Mckinleys decisions and the third reason is the United States always has to be the big bad nation that everybody should be scared of First of all I think that the if we would have maybe let some of the well respected citizens in our great nation to speak their opinions and if the government would have listened to the that maybe we could have evaded war and ended our struggle with the Filipinos peacefully One example of the great citizens that I was talking about would be Mark Twain who said We have robbed a trusting friend of his land and his liberty we have debauched Americas honor and blackened her face before the world If we would have listened to Mark Twain who knows how things would have ended up Secondly I believe that Mckinley made a few mistakes in some of the decisions that he made He asked for Congress to help him make a declaration for the war He also was hurt and
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