This Is EXACTLY How The US Got Into WWI


by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

Folks, read this carefully: The crews loading this aircraft may well have, at least this time, prevented a wider war.

In the past few hours it emerged that a flight containing crates of weapons, ammunition and explosives should have departed from the Cargo Village located at the civil airport of Pisa , in contrast with the very purpose of the trip, given its humanitarian nature. In fact, the flight was supposed to provide food, medicines, and other useful products to the Ukrainian population, in difficulty due to the fighting in recent weeks.

How soon we forget; we just have to wait until all the fools who did it the last time are dead, and forget what we learned.


During WWI, before the United States was involved, a ship called The Lusitania was allegedly full of both passengers and, in the cargo hold, humanitarian and other “ordinary” supplies.  There were supposed to be no munitions aboard.  Germany had claimed we were in fact shipping munitions on that and other ships, and warned that if they were seen they were subject to being sunk as legitimate military targets.  In fact they made this very public with advertisements taken out in the United States.

Due to some bad weather the Lusitania happened to be rather close to the shore and, as luck would have it, traveled right in the path of a waiting German submarine on May 7th of 1915 (the U-20), which had one torpedo remaining.  The captain fired on the ship, hit it, and was astonished when there was a huge secondary explosion and the ship sank within 20 minutes resulting in the loss of over 1,000 passengers — including 128 Americans.

The United States and Britain (under which the ship was flagged) maintained that this was a war crime; there were no munitions or other contraband on board.  The claim was that the secondary explosion “had to be” from the boilers, which was plausible — if there were no munitions on the ship.  This lie was maintained right up until technology advanced to the point that diving it became possible, at which point the British warned that it shouldn’t be dove upon because indeed there might be unexploded ordnance on board.

There is; in fact in the bow section over 15,000 rounds of .303 ammunition found, and a further four million rounds were likely on board at the time of the sinking by calculations made after the diving was undertaken and assessment was able to be made.  In addition rumors that the British had depth charged the wreck in an attempt to prevent this discovery years prior were proved up as unexploded depth charges were found near the wreck.

Folks, however you feel about Ukraine it is a fact that providing arms and ammunition can easily be considered entry into the conflict.  There is some general international agreement that purely defensive weapons are exempt, but this is not assured to be recognized.

Loading munitions, irrespective of the type, onto a transportation method, whether sea, air or land, that is claimed to be full of humanitarian supplies and thus should be permitted safe passage as food and medicine, for example, to benefit the civilian population of an area under attack is wild-eyed insane.  Such a transport is subject to being attacked and destroyed by the warring parties and while you can lie all you want about it that such is a legitimate military target is not in dispute.

This bit of insanity was a significant part of how The United States got involved in WWI and we must sanction and refuse to cooperate in any way with any nation or entity that does this sort of thing here.

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