The US owes Carthage reparations for the Punic Wars
After all, we're as responsible for that as we are for what the Japanese did during WWII
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[UPDATE] Well done - the vote on H.R. 1595 has been postponed until tomorrow. Don't stop calling, though - make sure to let your Representative know that you don't want money taken out of your pocket to pay reparations to everybody injured by every war in history.
In 146 BC the third Punic War, between the rising Italic city of Rome and the waning North African power of Carthage, came to a brutal and complete close. Provoked by little but suspicious memories of two previous wars with the Phoenician colony, Rome descended on the city with swift and terrible force, laying seige to Carthage and, following the immortal words of Marcus Portius Cato ("Carthago delenda est"), committed to remaining until the total destruction of the city had been achieved.
Thousands of Carthaginians died fighting against Rome, or from starvation as a result of the seige. In the end, Scipio Aemilianus, the adoptive grandson of Scipio Africanus (the hero of the second Punic War, who fought against the brilliant general Hannibal), stormed the city, burning the remaining people out and selling the survivors into slavery, after which he cursed and supposedly salted the ground, declaring that it would remain barren and uninhabited forever.
There are no pure descendants of the people of Carthage remaining today. However, there may well be those left alive who are descended in some form or fashion from those brutally conquered North Africans - and, if they can be found, the United States needs to pay them reparations for their suffering at the hands of Rome from America's own treasury.
Are you wondering what the heck I'm talking about? I mean, seriously - what in the world does the US have to do with this anyway, and why in the world would we owe reparations to a country for an action that we had no part of?
That's a question for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and his eight compatriots, all of whom have co-sponsored a bill that would require that America pay reparations to the people of Guam for - get this - the actions of the Japanese in World War II.
According to the bill (HR.1595, the "Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act"), the people of Guam:
suffered unspeakable harm as a result of the occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II , by being subjected to death, rape, severe personal injury, personal injury, forced labor, forced march, or internment.
For this reason (?), "the Secretary of the Treasury shall make payments" to WWII survivors and their descendants on Guam for the brutal actions of a third party.
Makes perfect sense, doesn't it? After all, the US is the largest aid donor on the planet; it's only logical that we should rebuild, repatriate, and reparate every country that has been hurt by every war that we can find. Let's not stop with Guam - let's include everybody from Carthage on up to the present. Should we pay reparations to the Koreans for the Mongol invasions of the 14th century, and to the Spanish for the loss of their Armada in 1588? Why not?
And while this bill holds up $126,000,000.00 for the repayment of the people of Guam for what the Japanese did (as well as $5,000,000.00 for "the Secretary of the Interior [to] establish a grants program [to]...award grants for research, educational, and media activities that memorialize the events surrounding the occupation of Guam during World War II, honor the loyalty of the people of Guam during such occupation, or both, for purposes of appropriately illuminating and interpreting the causes and circumstances of such occupation and other similar occupations during a war"), our soldiers can't even get a dime in supplemental appropriations.
Way to go, Democrats. Your "blame America first" (even for things we have nothing to do with), anti-US soldier attitudes, actions, and mindsets have just been taken to a new level.