British had concentration camps in the Second Boer War 1899-1902

British had concentration camps in the Second Boer War 1899-1902

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    British had concentration camps in the Second Boer War 1899-1902

    Interesting. I never knew this.

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    During the later stages of the Second Boer War, the British pursued the policy of rounding up and isolating the Boer civilian population in concentration camps, one of the earliest uses of this method by modern powers. The wives and children of Boer guerrillas were sent to these camps, which had poor hygiene and little food. Many of the children in these camps died, as did some of the adults.
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    I believe it was General Curtis LeMay who said, after the fire bombing of Japan took more lives than the atomic bombs, the only reason we're not being tried for war crimes is that we won.

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    Yeah starvation got a lot of them, young and old.

    And,once the Brits found out that the area was ripe with diamonds, they spared no expense aquiring them. It was all about British greed and an empire that pretty well did whatever it wanted to.


    Here is a pretty good song about it, that was actually a hit several years ago.
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    Yep, the Boer War was an ugly piece of the colonial era's history. It did make Winston Churchill famous however.
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    Yeah, and the Nazi Party crafted the Nuremburg Laws after America's Jim Crow Laws.
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    Yet another example of the general hubris of government.
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    I only know what I know about the Boer war from reading Wilbur Smith novels. Yes pretty gnarley indeed.
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    And America had them during WWII, so what's your point??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowman View Post
    And America had them during WWII, so what's your point??
    Beat me to it.
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    Might as well keep things in the present tense:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowman View Post
    And America had them during WWII, so what's your point??
    I made my point in the original post: "Interesting. I never knew this."
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    In another piece of history I was ignorant of until last week, Churchill was forced by FDR to surrender absolute control of many British colonies in exchange for our lend-lease destroyers in order to fight Dernitz's U-boats. Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear exactly what control was surrendered, but I think it had to do with trade. The implication being that Churchill sacrificed the British Empire to save the English isles.

    Also according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lend-Lease the final repayment from Britain didn't come until 2006!
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    Growing up in New York I had two childhood friends of Japanese decent whose parents had been in the camps. Both families were at least 2nd generation American and were living in California when they were "moved". Wasn't a high point in our history!

    I also remember first hearing about the camps and foolishly not believing it could happen here, but I was only 11 or 12 at the time. The US kept the Japanese camps very quiet for a long time. After reading historical accounts it would also seem that in many cases German POWs held in the US got better treatment than our Japanese citizens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Yeah starvation got a lot of them, young and old.

    And,once the Brits found out that the area was ripe with diamonds, they spared no expense aquiring them. It was all about British greed and an empire that pretty well did whatever it wanted to.


    Here is a pretty good song about it, that was actually a hit several years ago.
    De la Rey Song - with English subtitles - YouTube


    The history of Brits exploiting local populations, South Africa, China, India, Ireland, Australia, Egypt, Israel, Canada, for their own gain is legendary. Too bad they are one of the few friends America has, it would be SO easy to hate them.

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