November 11, 2014

WWI: IMPETUS FOR WAR




Americans have long had a love affair with war.  There is always some justification for our involvement in a war, but seldom do we look at the politics leading us there... especially after the fact.

We often remember what we did during the war rather than what led us there or even what led our enemy's to their action as a direct result.  We've been involved in wars to fight "the red", "replace tyranny with democracy" or to "defeat terrorism", but could these wars have been prevented?  Would we have been better off having avoided conflict?  Many questions like these simply can not be answered, but I will bring to your attention certain actions that led us to war that could have been prevented but instead were allowed to happen.


As with many of the wars we have been involved in, the cause for our entrance is usually unclear.  In respect to our involvement in WWI some will say that it was the economy, some will say it was principle and some may say it was an overt act of aggression against our nation that left us with no other recourse.

With respect to WWI you could say with moderate certainty that the sinking of the RMS Lusitania marked our commitment to the war.  Why this is both important and controversial is the fact that we were told the clear zones in which the war would be fought, and what would happen to ships providing military aide to either side.

Despite these clarifications, some of which appeared in newspapers at the time, we loaded up the RMS Lusitania with 4,200,000 rounds of Remington .303 rifle cartridges, 1250 cases of empty 3 inch fragmentation shell casings, and eighteen cases of non-explosive fuses which were listed on the ship's two-page manifest filed with U.S. Customs.

When the Lusitania sailed towards the head of Kinsale, Ireland, 1,198 people were killed after being attacked by German submarines.  This would be just what America needed to drum up support for sending our men and women to fight.

With the bold ignorance of our leaders, no only were lives lost by those on the Lusitania but the men that were forced to serve for the duration of the war were lost as well.  The benefit to this war would be the redistribution of wealth to the winning nations.  It would spark an economic increase of nearly 50% for the U.S., Britain and Italy.  It also consolidated government power and left lasting powers, ministries, taxes and effects that linger even today.



It would also force Germany into an economic situation that gave rise to Hitler.  It resulted in the Sykes-Picot Agreement that is destroying the middle east today and is the cause for the War on Terror.


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