The german sinking of the US passenger liner Lusitania was a major reason for the USA’s entry into WW1 (as britain was nearing defeat) despite having no diplomatic obligations or strategic interests in the war.
It appears that the sinking was prearranged, but not by the germans, who only took the bait that others had laid out for them.
“On May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania, jewel of the Cunard Line, was on a New York-to-Liverpool run when it was attacked by a German U-boat 12 miles off the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 p.m., a torpedo plowed into the ship and exploded. Fifteen seconds later, a massive second explosion rocked the ship again. Within a mere 18 minutes, the Lusitania plunged 300 feet to the bottom of the Celtic Sea. Of the 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 were lost, including 128 Americans. The tragedy sparked anti-German fervor that eventually drew the United States into World War I. …
The (british) Navy had dispatched a cruiser from nearby Queenstown to undertake a rescue but the ship was mysteriously recalled just as it steamed into view of the survivors. The stricken masses were left frantically waving in disbelief. …
In his hands lie pieces of history: seven gleaming rounds of .303 ammunition, probably made by Remington in America and intended for the British Army. Ammunition that for decades British and American officials said didn’t exist. Yet all around Andrews are mountains of jumbled rifle cartridges that glint like pirate’s treasure in the robot’s light.
Gregg Bemis, the American venture capitalist who planned and paid for this expedition, says if they’re lucky, the dive team could find as many as 4 million bullets.”
The ship was loaded in full view of longshoremen of german descent. When the german embassy received word of this violation of the neutrality agreement, they took out ads in major US cities warning americans not to take the lusitania:
“DISASTER BEARS OUT EMBASSY’S WARNING; German Advertisement Practically Foretold Lusitania’s Fate on Day She Sailed. AND IS REPEATED TODAY Passengers Also Said to Have Received Telegrams — Shipping Men Heard of Threats.
May 8, 1915, Saturday
“That the Germans intended to make an effort to sink the Lusitania had been the common impression in shipping circles for weeks. When the German Embassy advertisement, warning Americans not to go to Europe aboard vessels flying the British flag, was printed last Saturday many professed to see in that warning the promise of an early attempt on the part of German submarines to send the great Cunarder to the bottom.”
Who wrote the Balfour Declaration and why: The World War I Connection
Most analysts consider WWI a pointless conflict that resulted from diplomatic entanglements rather than some travesty of justice or aggression. Yet, it was catastrophic to a generation of Europeans, killing 14 million people.[i]
The United States joined this unnecessary war a few years into the hostilities, costing many American lives, even though the U.S. was not party to the alliances that had drawn other nations into the fray. This even though Americans had been strongly opposed to entering the war and Woodrow Wilson had won the presidency with the slogan, “He kept us out of war.”[ii]
President Wilson changed course in 1917 and plunged the U.S. into that tragic European conflict. Approximately 320,000 Americans were killed or injured.[iii] Over 1,200 American citizens who opposed the war were rounded up and imprisoned, some for years.[iv]
A number or reasons were publicly given for Wilson‘s change of heart, including Germany‘s submarine warfare, Germany’s sinking of the British passenger ship Lusitania,[v] and a diplomatic debacle known as the Zimmerman Telegram episode.[vi] Historians also add pro-British propaganda and economic reasons to the list of causes, and most suggest that a number of factors were at play.
While Americans today are aware of many of these facts, few know that Zionism appears to have been one of those factors. [Zionism was a political movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine. When this movement began, in the late 1800s, the population of Palestine was 96 percent Muslim and Christian. The large majority of Jews around the world were not Zionists.]
Diverse documentary evidence shows that Zionists pushed for the U.S. to enter the war on Britain’s side as part of a deal to gain British support for their colonization of Palestine….