Lusitania: A Hundred Years on…

The Lusitania Conspiracy?

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For one brief shining moment, the Lusitania, a British-built ocean liner, was the largest, fastest and most luxurious ship in the world. When she was torpedoed by a German submarine in May 1915, she sunk in just under fifteen minutes, taking over 1200 passengers and crew to their death. The New York Times reported a “grave crisis… at hand” which was the question of Washington’s response to this outrage. Would the American government retaliate against this “monstrous act of aggression” by joining Britain and her allies against the Kaiser’s Germany? And here we come, immediately, to the first whiff of historical discussion which may, (or may not), validate the use of the word “Conspiracy.” Was there more going on here than meets the eye? If the writer for the New York Times could identify such a consequence with such rapidity, might not others do so too? In fact, if America’s joining the war was such an obvious consequence, could the calamity itself have been engineered to produce it?
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