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About a century ago some men wanted control of Cuba as much as todays conservatives want control of Iraq And like todays conservatives they got it Then like now the planning went back many years In 1854 following a failed attempt to buy Cuba for one hundred thirty million dollars three American diplomats signed a manifesto in Belgium that explained Cubas importance to Spain and that it be imperative To detach that island from the Spanish dominion Cuba was thought to be the key to Caribbean relations as a democratic Iraq is considered the key to friendly and tolerant middle-eastern relations American expansionists longed for a stronghold in the Caribbean and the horrible mistreatment and unjustified imprisonment of the Cuban people seemed to be good reasons for conquer In both situations the idea of public opinion may have eventually been persuaded if the issues had been approached diplomatically Spains mistreatment of the Cubans although not quite matching that of Sadaam Husseins toward the Shiites and the Kurds was appalling and provided ample reason to pursue on humane grounds But there is always a chance that the plan will be rejected and put to rest by timid souls who fail to see the main points and try to create reasons why it isnt respectable reason The guerilla warfare and the widespread suffering going on in Cuba in 1898 gave them such respectable reason There were reports of Spanish children cutting off Cubans ears and using them as playthings and another of an eighteen-year-old girl being thrown in jail for defending her virtue against a Spanish police official Like the Spanish-American War the Iraq War took about 4 months and approximately 400 deaths were ensued on the battlefield Like Madrid Baghdad denied any wrongdoing or treaty violations and offered their submission to investigation andor arbitration Americans coming off an easy victory with Spain found that they had idealized the Cubans who immediately began looting villages Joseph de
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