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Monday, 07 December 2009 18:12
Mention "9/11" today and that brings to mind an American tragedy when suspected foreign terrorists killed a lot of people. In terms of lives that tragedy was more horrendous than what happened recently in Maguindanao in the Philippines where "only" less than a hundred died. (One death is too much.) But arguably Maguindanao was just as horrendous as "9/11" because Filipinos, not foreigners, mercilessly gunned down fellow Filipinos. Way back in American history another "9/11" horror happened that is more akin to what happened in Maguindanao. The commonality is that Filipinos massacred fellow Filipinos in Maguindanao just as Americans massacred fellow Americans in Morning Meadows. This occurred on September 11, 1857, in Mountain Meadows, in what was then Utah Territory, during the incumbency of President Buchanan. Territorial expansion was then in full swing in the growing United States. The tragedies in Maguinadanao in the Philippines and Mountain Meadows in Utah have a commonality as killing fields but they happened more than a century apart on opposite sides of the globe in different circumstances and different senseless reasons. It was religious paranoia in America and political paranoia in the Philippines. During the era of American expansion, there were many stories of adventurous families going west, braving Indian attacks, treacherous weather, and primitive travel conditions. Railroads and interstate highways were still in the future. One such story was about a wagon train of more than a hundred emigrants from Arkansas and Missouri on their way to California. They stopped to rest at Mountain Meadows. The environs of Mountain Meadows was Mormon country where Mormons found refuge after having been driven out of Missouri or elsewhere. A group of Mormons, who MAY OR MAY NOT necessarily be representative of Mormons in general, were still resentful of having been persecuted. This particular group did not trust the emigrants temporarily camped at Mountain Meadows. These Mormons, who, again, may or may not have been officially authorized by higher Mormon hierarchy, encouraged an Indian tribe to attack the emigrants, after which they, the Mormons, also tricked the emigrants into giving up their arms with the assurance that Indians will be more friendly with the unarmed travelers. Thus disarmed the emigrants became hapless prey for the Mormons who proceeded to massacre them. Only just more than a dozen children survived. They were spared supposedly because they were too young to be dangerous witnesses to the crime. But in Maguindanao, it appears that the killers did their thing without mercy. There were no reports of survivors. There were even reports that women were sexually abused before they were killed but these were supposedly disproved by forensic authorities according to press releases by media hogging authorities. Between 1857 and 2009 one would think that in length of time with the Bible and the Q'uran the human race has improved in solving its intramural differences ... Fred Natividad Livonia, Michigan
 

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