HOW CAN YOU LIST THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA AS A CAUSE OF THE USA ENTERING WWI? IT HAPPENED TWO YEARS BEFORE AMERICA DECLARED WAR. BRITAIN’S BLOCADE OF GERMANY WAS IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW.
Yes, of course you are right that the Lusitania incident was two years before the US entered the war, but it does make all the history books as one of the most significant events that led to the US changing its isolationist position.
Germany did suspend its submarine operations immediately after the Lusitania incident. They only re-launched their submarine campaign in 1917.
The Declaration of London of 1909, did not allow for stoppages of food imports, but only the boarding and searching of vessels for military contraband. International law did not recognise the right of any nation to block food being transported on the open seas to their enemies.
Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, was objecting to far more than the starvation blockade of Germany. He was also objecting to the pattern of provocation from Woodrow Wilson’s Democratic administration blatantly taking the British side and even mobilising the US Navy against the Germany Navy while the US was meant to be neutral. American credit, weapons and ammunition shipments were critical to the Allied War effort, even during the time of apparent neutrality.
Have you read The Lusitania by Colin Simpson? This was based on Admiralty documents classified for 60 years!
You may be interested in this article: The Causes, Consequences and Catastrophe of the First World War.
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