A Powder Keg waiting to go off
by Steve Payne
says: what if William McKinley had survived? Please note that the
opinions expressed in this satirical post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
October 31st 1901,
to Digg our site.on this day the 25th President of the United
States William McKinley announced his intention for the Phillipines, Guam,
Puerto Rico and Cuba to be guided towards full independence before the
expiry of his term of office in 1905.
Those territories had been conceded to the United States following the
recent war with Spain. The trigger for that war had been the explosion of
the US Battleship Maine in Havana Harbour. The tragedy which had
taken the lives of 266 American crewmen was originally blamed by war
mongerers on Spanish sabotage, but later discovered to be a freak accident
caused by the explosion of powder magazines.
"1. an independent Guam is a joke Japan grabs it 2.
a totally independent Philippine Republic either is grabbed by Germany or
becomes a British protectorate 3. Our mistake with the Philippines was not
doing a treaty of protection with the Philippine Republic. We get Suibic
and Davo, keep the others out and do a trade treaty. It worked well for
Cuba until Fidel made hash out of it." - reader's commentsDispatched
by McKinley against his better judgement, the crew's mission was to assist
the valiant rebels fight their cruel Spanish overlords. But ever since the
peace negotiations in Paris, rebels on all four islands had viewed the new
US governments as a new set of equally unwelcome masters.
"Mad scientists save the world!" - reader's
commentsA civil war veteran, McKinley perceived the decidedly
un-American outcome of the conflict which his Secretary of State John Hay
had foolishly called "a splendid little war". And also the pressure coming
from new forces in American society who were openly advocating an
expansionist policy that utterly disregarded George Washington's prophetic
warning against the dangers of "foreign entanglements". Because the
projection of American power meant that imperialism, like the Maine, was a
dangerous powderkeg just waiting to go off.
The iron had finally settled into McKinley's soul on September 6th, when
an anarchist called Leon Czolgosz had attempted to murder him in Buffalo.
His life was only saved by the operation of an
X-Ray machine being showcased at the Pan-American Exposition which the
President was attending when the fateful shot was fired. The machine
located the bullet, preventing the President from being infected by his
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