The Destruction Of The Lusitania Analysis

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Who’s to Blame? : An Analytical Look at the U.S/ British Participation in the Destruction of the Lusitania The attack on the cruise liner ship the Lusitania is an event in history that continues to create controversies about its fall to a German U-boat torpedo on May 7th, 1915. The Germans have been single-handedly blamed for the attack and its actions were seen as completely unjustifiable. The day after the attack, The New York Times declared: “From the Department of State must go to Berlin, the demand that Germans will no longer make war like savages drunk with blood and that they should cease to seek the attainment of their ends by the assassination of non-combatants and neutrals…” (War by Assassination). What upset the nation mostly…show more content…
is by far the most regretful and inconsiderate action (to its citizens/passengers) the nation could have taken at such a war-driven time period in history. In Germany, newspaper reports on the sinking stated to its readers, “the Lusitania was an ‘armed cruiser’ carrying munitions and other war supplies and was therefore a legitimate target” (Ballard 126). Oceanographer and underwater archaeologist, Dr. Robert Ballard explains in an recent personal interview, “I was interested in what really sank the ship since the German submarine only fired one torpedo yet there were two explosions with the second being the more powerful of the two” (Robert D. Ballard). Germany had a strong belief that the U.S. was using passenger ships to send aid to enemy countries like the British and at this time, the U.S. already had numerous powder and explosive factories that produced war materials in mass
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