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Spreading the Word: The Truth of the Take Over Of Hawaii
Hello. If you are reading this article, then you are someone who cares about the wrongs that were committed by the United States of America, yes, the United States of America, against the Kingdom of Hawaii. What you are about to read comes from what I have learned from a college course in Hawaiian History. It is a topic that has scarcely been given a chance to arise. This article is my way of getting that topic up.
We all know about how Queen Lili'uokalani, last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii abdicated from her thrown after this group known as the Committee of Safety came and occupied the castle. And we also know that some time afterward, the Hawaii Kingdom was annexed to the United States of America. However, there's actually a lot more too it than just that.
*Please note that the facts presented were something I learned from a semester course at the University of Hawaii. Corrections of facts are welcomed at the comments section of this page. You can see for yourself if the facts are true or not by simply googling them.*
FACT: During the overthrow of the throne, John L. Stevens, Minister from the United States, acknowledged the overthrow without the consent of the United States government. He was in with the Committee of Safety, a front organization whose true purpose was to ultimately take over Hawaii so businessmen would have the power for their own greedy wants.
FACT: When United States military forces came to Hawaii in answer to the call made by the Committee of Safety, and by the U. S. Minister's authority, they came on foreign land without the permission of the ruling government, making the U. S. military occupation illegal by International Law.
FACT: President Cleveland acknowledged what was done against the Kingdomg Hawaii as wrong after an impartial investigation and opposed annexation. He tried to get the queen back on the throne, but the Committee members refused to back down and made a provisional government.
FACT: When the time finally came when Hawaii was annexed, it was done as a Resolution. A Resolution, in accordance to International Law at the time, can only affect what is already territory of the country making the Resolution, or is a part of said country. As such, legally, the Kingdom of Hawaii should not have been annexed. The annexation, itself, is illegal, and should not have been acknowledged. The Hawaiian Islands, legally, are not a part of the United States.
FACT: When a choice was given to the territories of the United States to either stay a territory, become a state of the U. S., or to regain independence, the choice of independence was omitted, giving the people of Hawaii no other choice except to vote on statehood for the rights that being a territory would prevent them from having.
What the United States did and is still doing with Hawaii, is supposed to be illegal by International Law. Having learned this, what do you believe should be done?
*Note: As this is my first article ever, please show lenience in the comments. Some helpful suggestions are welcome.*