Friday, May 18, 2012

Senator George Frisbie Hoar to President Theodore Roosevelt

    You have sacrificed nearly ten thousand American lives—the flower of our youth. You have devastated provinces. You have slain uncounted thousands of the people you desire to benefit. You have established reconcentration camps. … You make the American flag in the eyes of a numerous people the emblem of sacrilege in Christian churches, and of the burning of human dwellings, and of the horror of the water torture.
Words spoken by the man "once considered the conscience of the Republican Party" on the Senate floor in 1902, quoted by The American Conservative's Maisie Allison — Theodore Roosevelt Builds an Empire.

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