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11. Sergeant Rivers speaks his mind

Merilee Shaw assumed the posture of an attentive schoolgirl, standing erect, her hands locked in his. "Please continue, Sergeant. I want to hear everything."

"Tonight you said this is a war of subjugation, illegal in the eyes of God and the law. You said it was founded on greed, and our government uses the military for profit, not peace. All this may be true, but the reason this war is so bloody, Miss Shaw, is because it's a race war. The United States is taking over the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam because these are all nations of colored people. Their native populations aren't white, and in the eyes of our government, not fully human. They're 'half-devil and half-child.' It's the God given duty, the burden of the white man to oversee the lives of the inferior races."

"I'm aware of that horrible sentiment Sergeant, but I assure you, no thinking person subscribes to it."

"Miss Shaw, you've heard the words nigger and coon and sambo, but have you ever heard dink, gook, slope, bullet-head or gugu? These are some of the names white soldiers call Filipinos, and there's a lot more a lot worse. Where do these names come from? Why do they exist at all? Because without a moral purpose, most soldiers don't have the stomach to brutalize and murder a people, they need to dehumanize them first. If they make themselves believe the enemy is less than human, then it's natural to spit at him, run him down in the streets and kill his children.

"No atrocity's too great here because we've made the Filipino a beast, not a man. This is what it's come to in this war. It's open season on an entire population of dark-skinned people. This is what your Colonel Bloody Shirt tried to tell you when he said there's no law in these islands. Here, if a white man murders a Filipino, he's the envy of his platoon. If he murders enough of them, he gets a medal. The U.S. Army's training a generation of young men to run roughshod over a nation of colored people.

"All these soldiers will go home someday. How much of what they've been taught here will go with them? What will they teach their children about the value of a colored man's life? The Filipinos tell the Negro if we kill them, we bring down our own race back home. If that turns out to be true, then there's far more at stake than spending-money for a few back-east shirt makers. Take that story home with you Miss Shaw."

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Excerpts:

1. Fagen arrives in the Philippines

2. White soldiers bring their prejudice with them

3. Fagen hears another side of the story

4. Dinner with Colonel Funston

5. Fagen's first taste of combat

6. Fagen meets Clarita

7. More than fair?

8. The water cure

9. Fagen gets his fortune told

10. Imperialism exposed

11. Sergeant Rivers speaks his mind

12. Genocide

13. Fagen meets El Presidente

14. Bad news comes to Fagen

15. Fate takes over

16. San Lazaro leper hospital

17. An offer Fagen can't refuse

18. Funston makes a plan

19. "Capitan" Fagen

20. Funston assembles his team

21. Morality, ethics and war

22. Jungle encounter

23. Commencement

24. Benevolent assimilation

25. Colonel Bloody Shirt pays a call

26. Fagen declares war on God

27. Major Baston tastes his own medicine

28. Funston on the march

29. Fagen goes home

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