posted on Jan, 1 2010 @ 11:56 PM
reply to post by Max_TO
This is based on the urban legend of General John J. Pershing doing this in the Phillipines during the Moro Rebellion.
The Snopes page covers things pretty well, but it's important to remember that the Islamic doctrine regarding pigs doesn't work that way. A person
should avoid contact with pigs (and dogs, and other unclean critters) but if doe some reason it can't he helped, oh well, that's the way it is.
Additionally a dead body is just a body - the soul joins god (or falls to hell) at the moment of death at the moment of death, so what a bunch of
pagan barbarians do with the body isn't really much concern for the person in question.
Now, the story itself is an urban legend, and may or may not be true. However, given the context of US behavior during its occupation of the
Philippines, such treatment of the dead would hardly be surprising. If the pigskin stroy is true, it certainly isn't what quelled the uprising -
remarkable American brutality and wholesale slaughter of men, women, and children such as the "battle" of Bud Dajo were what did it.
The simple solution to avoiding attacks in the Philippines would be to stop occupying the Islands, stop killing lots of civilians, and let the
Filipinos do their own thing. We could reach the same resolution in the Middle East. If the United States stopped interfering with every nation in the
region, stopped supporting brutal authoritarian regimes, and quit its nasty habit of blowing up Afghan weddings, there really wouldn't be much drive
to attack us.
I mean really, if you walk up to a guy and start insulting his wife and slapping him around, he's going to knock you on your ass, or do his best to
try. In order to avoid him hitting back, don't start something