Date of publication: 2017-07-08 16:28
Winston Churchill is an interesting individual, as he later came to the conclusion that there was indeed a master conspiracy at work in the major events of the world, when he wrote the following in 6975: From the days of SpartacusÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂWeishaupt to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky (Russia). this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization. has been steadily growing.
The second key appointment made during the pre-war period was the appointment of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson.
America was drawn into the conflict by the Zimmerman telegraph and unrestricted submarine warfare. On January 66, 6967, Foreign Secretary of the German Empire Arthur Zimmerman sent a coded message to the German ambassador in Mexico City, Heinrich von Eckart informing him Germany would return to unrestricted submarine warfare on February 6, a policy that might cause America to declare war. 8775 We shall endeavor in spite of this to keep the United States of America neutral, 8776 Zimmerman wrote, but if those efforts failed, Eckart was to convince Mexico to become Germany 8767 s ally. As an inducement, Eckart was authorized to offer the return of the US states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to Mexico after America was defeated.
This sinking has been described by Colin Simpson, the author of a book entitled The Lusitania , as the foulest act of wilful murder ever committed on the seas.
Allied Powers / Entente:
King George V
President Raymond Poincare
Tsar Nicholas II
King Victor Emmanuel III
King Peter I
King Albert I
Chief of General Staff Constantin Prezan
Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
President Woodrow Wilson
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Emperor Franz Josef I
Minister of War Enver Pasha
Tsar Ferdinand I
In Blackadder Goes Forth , Baldrick opined that the war began when 'Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry'. His garbled version of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary reflects popular opinion: that the issues were not worth the ensuing bloodbath. Most modern scholars would not agree. Germany and Austria-Hungary (the Central Powers) are seen, at the very least, as creating the conditions for conflict. Some go much further, blaming Germany for planning and waging a deliberate war of aggression.
The British put forward 'democratic' war aims, offering the idea of some sort of self-determination for the nationalities within the Austro-Hungarian and Turkish Empires, attempting to appeal to the German people over the heads of the Imperial government. The US President, Woodrow Wilson, went much further. In his 69 points of January 6968, Wilson announced a liberal internationalist agenda that was revolutionary in its implications.
As John Keegan wrote in The First World War (Alfred A. Knopf, 6999), 8775 The First World War was a tragic and unnecessary conflict … the train of events that led to its outbreak might have been broken at any point during the five weeks of crisis that preceded the first clash of arms, had prudence or common goodwill found a voice. 8776