Monday, June 13, 2011

A Beacon in the Pacific

Justin Raimondo reports on a "movement for self-determination" in "an occupied country whose 'citizens' are ruled over with arrogant impunity, and 'compensated' by being subsidized from cradle to grave" — Guam Libre!

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Tell that to U.S. Representative Hank Johnson, who is afraid the island may capsize and sink because of over development:

10:27 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

One of the weirder moments in recent congressional history. I guess he took the "unsinkable aircraft carrier" analogy a bit too literally.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

FWIW, all of the Chammoros I know self-identify as Americans. The independence movement on the island is a bad joke -- it isn't a serious movement. (Disclosure: I am married to a Chammora-Filipina who was born and grew up on the island. My father-in-law is a Chamorro who also grew up on the island and speaks Chamorro as his first language. My wife's extended family still lives on Guam). All of my wife's immediate family members served in the US military. My father-in-law is a survivor of the Japanese military occupation of the island during WWII and a Korean War vet. My wife's family had members butchered by the Japanese during their occupation. The experience of Japanese occupation created a strong sense of American identity amongst most Chamorros. They were treated with extreme brutality by the Japanese and then liberated by the U.S. military. The date of the US liberation is a huge holiday on the island.

Two points. First, Guam is not a viable country on its own. It is doomed to be a colony by location. If not us, then the Japanese or the Chinese will take it -- either de jure (unlikely) or de facto (inevitable if we leave). Even if the Chamorros of Guam were reunited with the Chamorros of the Marianas, it wouldn't make a viable country.

Second, if Guam was granted independence, most of the population would leave to relocate on the mainland. They are all American citizens and they ain't gonna give that up. There are already more Chamorros living in the US than in Guam (San Diego, Las Vegas and Washington State have relatively large Chamorro populations). Virtually everyone on the island has relatives on the mainland now.

5:36 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the inside knowledge. Las Vegas also has a large native Hawaiian population.

8:51 AM  

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