Was World War 1 Justified

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On July 28, 1914 the first World War was brought to fruition. A war thought of as to have been the war to end all wars was incited by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. In this war there were two sides the Central Powers, (Germany, Austria Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire )against the Allied Powers, Great Britain, France, Russia, Romania, Italy, Japan and finally the United States. With that being said the entrance of the United States into the First World has led many to question whether the U.S was justified in participating in the first place. Many claim that we had no correlation or reason to take part in the war itself and that it was unjustifiable. Despite the popular opinion I think rhat the U.S was justified …show more content…

At the beginning of the war President Woodrow Wilson pledged neutrality for the United States which many americans favored. With this being said Britain which was involved in the war at the time was America's closest trading partner. As a result tension skyrocketed between Germany and the United States. Germany would carry out unrestricted warfare against the U.S such as sinking several U.S ships travling to Britain. In his "War Message to Congress," given on April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson stated, "It is a war against all nations. American ships have been sunk, American lives taken, in ways which it has stirred us very deeply to learn of, but the ships and people of other neutral and friendly nations have been sunk and overwhelmed in the waters the same way." Despite the U.S' efforts to exercise neutrality in WWI, we were inevitably pushed to indeed take action against Germany and their unrestricted warfare against us. To sit back and watch more American ships and lives be lost despite our political efforts to stay uninvolved would have been unwise. Morally speaking the United States taking action against chicanery stratagems in part by Germany was …show more content…

Finally, the United States was politically justified in proclaiming war on germany due to Germany's proposed alliance with Mexico. On March 1, 1917 the Ximmerman Tekgram was published in and inflamed American public opiunion against Germany and the Central Powers. The Zimmerman Telegram was a coded message sent by German foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman to Mexico in January 1917. The message was an attempt at drawing the country of Mexico into the war against the U.S In that Telegram Germany promised the Mexican givernment to help them recover Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona if they were to take their side during the war against the Allied Powers. In "The Zimmerman Telegram," sent on January 11, 1917, Arthur Zimmerman wrote, "We make Mexico a proposal or alliance on the following basis: make war together, make peace together, generous financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona." America up until this point had maintained a neutral position during WWI. With the interceptions of this telegram the U.S became aware of Germany's plans to turn their backs on the 'Sussex Pledge'. See the Sussex Pledge can be considered as the last string to neutrality between the U.S and the Central Powers during the

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