Stacy - Do you really think what Pershing did is something to be proud of? The US promised the Phillipinos independence if they would fight along side the US in ousting the Spanish. After Spain surrendered, the US reneged and made the Phillipines a US colony - no better than the Spanish who were ousted. The Phillipines war with the US was for freedom and Independence. The US was brutal in it's suppression of Philipinos, killing some 400,000. By the way the vast majority(90%) of those killed were Catholics. The Phillipines was then and still is a heavily Catholic (still 86%) country and muslims account for only 4% of the population and that was even smaller 100 years ago. As a Historian, I have never encountered the anecdote you cited. Perhaps you can point out a legitimate reference to such an episode to bring it out of the category -urban legand.
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