"The Great War" began in 1914 between
Germany and its allies, against
England and France and their allies.
Battles were fought in
Pacific Islands, China,
coasts of South
the Middle East,
One of the reasons for World War I was access to
Middle East oil.
In the article "Falling Empires and their Currencies" (Centre for Research on Globalization, Global Research, January 15, 2007), Rolf Nef wrote of circumstances leading up to the war:
"France after Waterloo (1815) had been militarily beaten ... The 19th century was the time when the British upper class had the time to spend ... plunder from its colonies ...
When (German Chancellor) Bismarck started war against France in 1871, London found it ... to her advantage to have a weakened France.
But the defeat of France gave birth not only to
a new united Germany under Bismark and Prussia
, but also to a new economic powerhouse, Germany ..."
Rolf Nef continued:
, where the first
(50 years of economic growth followed by depression) started with the steam engine, fell into a heavy depression by 1873.
But Germany started the new
with diesel, gasoline and electric engines (founders were all German: Messers. Diesel, Otto, and Siemens).
Germany was producing more steel than England
The new source of energy -
the German war ships faster than the English one
, something of great concern to London.
... Deutsche Bank and Georg von Siemens initiated
the Baghdad railway
, which went
and into the
to the oil fields in
, north of
(oil was at that time only known in Baku, Russia, Kirkuk and Pennsylvania) ...
... The new
German rail link with Baghdad
was out of range of British sea power and their controlled waterways.
The alarm bells went on in Whitehall (London's government district) ..."
Rolf Nef continued:
"When a young new
German ... Wilhelm II,
in 1888, he began to assert his own role in foreign policy in direct challenge to the system of the
Iron Chancellor, Bismark,
who had carefully forged a system of alliances around Germany to ensure her peace and economic freedom.
... In 1890, Bismarck got sacked by Kaiser Willhelm
Wilhelm wanted colonies
and Empire like his relatives who were monarchs in England, France and Spain.
With Bismark gone
, the British decided for a war, one in which the Continental powers would crucify each other.
... Britain calculated she could easily break up the
tottering Ottoman Empire
in order to get
Mesopotamia with Kirkuk
and its oil under control,
to pull the plug on the emerging German oil line to Baghdad
and to take Mesopotamia and
the oil-rich Middle East
including Persia itself.
The plan is what became known in history as World War I ..."
Rolf Nef continued:
"It didn't quite turn out as hoped by London.
Instead of being a war lasting a few weeks as had been expected
, the undertaking was huge and costly, lasted over four years,
cost millions of lives and was fought on a global theater ...
... End June (1914) the
Prince of Austria, Francis Ferdinand
, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, got
shot in Sarajewo
That event started the war with the declaration of
Austria against Serbia
, which in turn drove
Russia against Austria
kick-started all the tangled web of mutual defense treaties across Europe
By August 1914,
Russia, Austria, Germany, France and UK were all at war."
With the world preoccupied with war,
took the opportunity to kill millions of non-Muslims in the
Greek Genocide, Assyrian Genocide
The strain of over
3 million Russians
in World War I led to the assassination of Russia's
Tsar Nicholas II
, followed by the
As the war progressed, longer than anyone had anticipated,
the British grew desperately short of ammunition
developed a bacterial fermentation process of ethanol-butanol-acetone which greatly helped Britain in manufacturing explosives.
had helped organize the Palestine Land Development Company so Jews could resettle their ancient homeland.
Though President Woodrow Wilson's re-election slogan was
"He Kept Us Out of War,"
the United States was covertly supplying ammunition to the British.
Lusitania had been the largest and most sumptuous passenger ship in the world for a time.
Intelligence sources leaked that the
, in addition to passengers,
was used to transport ammunition to the British
The Imperial German Embassy
published advertisements in 50 American newspapers warning passengers not to board the
"NOTICE! Travellers intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists ... Vessels flying the flag of Great Britain ... are liable to destruction .... -Imperial German Embassy ... April 22, 1915."
On May 1, 1915, the
departed from New York to Liverpool, England, sailing south of Ireland in an area Kaiser Wilhelm's Imperial forces had declared a "war zone."
On May 15, a German
U-boat fired a torpedo which struck the
Lusitania, and it sank in 18 minutes, killing 1,198.
in public opinion and the United States entered World War I on APRIL 6, 1917.
sinking of the Lusitania
is surrounded by unanswered questions, leading many to consider if it was somehow allowed to happen to provide an incident which could sway public opinion to support direct U.S. military intervention.
Another incident affecting public opinion was the
, intercepted by British intelligence in January of 1917, which purported a Germany-Mexican alliance against the U.S.
Throughout history, various incidents have been debated to determine if they were legitimate, or conspiratorial false-flags intended as a pretense for war.
The term "false-flag" is traced back to pirates who would fly a flag of surrender or truce, or the flag of a different country, as a disguise in attacking unsuspecting ships. It has since become a term for creating incidents, which could be blamed on others, to justify military response.
-When the city of Tyre refused to let him offer a sacrifice to Heracles, Alexander the Great used this as a pretense to destroy the city in 332 BC;
-When the Dutch fleet failed to dip their flag in salute to British in 1652, the British used this as a pretense to begin the Anglo-Dutch Wars;
-The Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Sons of Liberty hid their identity and dressed up in the disguise of Mohawk Indians while raiding British ships;
-Swedish soldiers dressed in Russian uniforms to attack a Swedish outpost in 1788, providing a pretense for King Gustav III to begin the Russo-Swedish War;
suspiciously blew up Havana's Harbor in 1898, igniting the Spanish-American War;
-A railroad explosion near Liutiaohu or Mukden in September 1931, provided the pretense for Japan to invade China;
-Germany's capital building, the Reichstag, suspiciously caught fire in 1933, allowing Hitler, in the panic of the moment, to round up and execute his political opponents, resulting in him seizing sole control;
-During the Spanish Civil War, Franco allowed Nazi planes to bomb Spanish towns in 1937. He seized power as military dictator of Spain;
-Operation Himmler's 1939 Gleiwitz incident saw Nazi soldiers stage what looked like an attack by Polish soldiers, thus manipulating German public opinion into attacking Poland;
-Soviet Russian army shelled a Russian village near the Finnish border in 1939 as a pretext for Soviets to invade Finland in the Winter War;
-Pearl Harbor attack resulting in U.S. entrance into WWII in 1941;
-Project TP-Ajax in 1953, where CIA organized Iranians, posing as communists, to attacked mosques, thus swaying public opinion to undermine Iran's Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh;
-False reports were spread that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's home was bombed, enraging Turkish public opinion to commit Istanbul's pogrom of Greeks in 1955;
-Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, resulted in LBJ escalating the Vietnam War;
-Clandestine gas attacks on Syrian citizens in 2013 by Saudi-supplied rebels as a pretense for U.S. involvement in overthrowing Syria's government, which, according to some, would allow a pipeline from Qatar and Arabia to cross Syria into Turkey, thus undercutting Russia's oil exports to Europe and helping to reestablish the caliphate.
In 1917, at the beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War I, American troops began
arriving in Europe at the rate of
10,000 a day to fight 'the Hun.'
The United States enlisted
4 million soldiers and spent
35 billion dollars.
over 70 million military personnel were mobilized.
George M. Cohen
wrote the popular song,
for which he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936:
"Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming,
the Yanks are coming
The drums rum-tumming everywhere.
So prepare, say a prayer,
Send the word, send the word to beware -
We'll be over, we're coming over,
And we won't come back till it's over, over there."
On May 30, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson
addressed the Grand Army of the Republic:
"In the providence of God, America will once more have an opportunity to show the world that she was born to serve mankind."
On April 16, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson
"This is the time for America ... I hope that the clergymen will not think the theme of it an unworthy or inappropriate subject of comment and homily from their pulpits."
Germany's Red Baron
dominated the skies.
94th Aero Pursuit Squadron
which destroyed 69 enemy aircraft.
A pilot in Rickenbacker's squadron was Theodore Roosevelt's son,
, who was unfortunately shot down in a dogfight, July 14, 1918.
Pope Benedict XV
, August 1, 1917, offered to mediate peace between European Powers:
"Do not ... turn a deaf ear to our prayer, accept the...invitation which we extend to you in the name of the Divine Redeemer, Prince of Peace.
Bear in mind your very grave responsibility to God and man; on your decision depend ... the lives of thousands of young men."
On September 3, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson
wrote to the National Army:
"My affectionate confidence goes with you in every battle and every test. God keep and guide you!"
On October 19, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilso
n issued a Proclamation of a National Day of Supplication and Prayer:
"Congress, in view of the entrance of our nation into the vast and awful war which now afflicts the greater part of the world,
has requested me to set apart by official proclamation a day upon which our people should be called upon to offer concerted prayer to Almighty God for His divine aid in the success of our arms ...
... It behooves ... a nation which has sought from the earliest days of its existence to be obedient to the divine teachings which have inspired it in the exercise of its liberties,
to turn always to the Supreme Master and cast themselves in faith at His feet,
praying for His aid and succor in every hour of trial, to the end that the great aims to which our fathers dedicated our power as a people may not perish ...
On November 7, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson
issued a Proclamation of a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer:
"Even in the midst of the tragedy of a world shaken by war and immeasurable disaster ... we can see the great blessings God has bestowed upon us ...
We have been given the opportunity to serve mankind as we once served ourselves in the great day of our Declaration of Independence, by taking up arms against a tyranny that threatened to master and debase men everywhere ...
Our duty not only to defend our own rights as a nation but to defend also the rights of free men throughout the world."
On December 4, 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson
"A supreme moment of history has come ... The hand of God is laid upon the nations. He will show them favor, I devoutly believe, only if they rise to the clear heights of His own justice and mercy."
President Woodrow Wilson
former President Theodore Roosevelt and General John J. Pershing
wrote Prefaces to
which were given out by the thousands to World War I soldiers.
gave an Executive Order to the Army and Navy, January 20, 1918:
"The President, commander in chief of the Army and Navy ... enjoins the
orderly observance of the Sabbath by the officers and men in the military and naval service of the United States.
The importance for man and beast of
the prescribed weekly rest, the sacred rights of Christian soldiers and sailors, a becoming deference to
the best sentiment of a Christian people, and
a due regard for the Divine Will
Sunday labor in the
Army and Navy be
reduced to the measure of strict necessity."
On May 11, 1918,
proclaimed a National Day of Fasting:
"It being the duty peculiarly incumbent in a time of war humbly and devoutly to acknowledge our dependence on Almighty God and to implore His aid and protection ...
a Day of Public Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting
... be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity
and the offering of fervent supplications to
Almighty God for the safety and welfare of our cause, His blessings on our arms, and a speedy restoration of an honorable and lasting peace to the nations of the earth ...
Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim ... do exhort my fellow-citizens of all faiths and creeds to assemble on that day in their several places of worship and there, as well as in their homes,
Almighty God that He may forgive our sins ... and to purpose only those righteous acts and judgments which are in conformity with His will; beseeching Him that He will give victory to our armies as they fight for freedom."
Less than a month later, May 28, 1918,
four U.S. divisions were deployed with French and British troops
. They won the B
attle of Cantigny
, America's first offensive of the war.
On October 8, 1918, an American battalion was
pinned down by machine gun fire
along the Decauville rail-line north of
Sergeant Alvin. C. York
"The Germans got us ... They stopped us dead in our tracks. Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn't tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from ...
... Those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me."
With all but 8 of his platoon killed,
took charge and proceeded to take out 32 machine guns, kill 28 of the enemy and take 132 captive.
Sergeant Alvin. C. York received the Medal of Honor. His story, edited by Tom Skeyhill, was printed in
The Washington Post, March 17, 1929:
"Some of them officers have been saying that I being a mountain boy and accustomed to the woods ... done all these things the right way jes by instinct ...
I hadn't never got much larnin' from books, except the Bible. Maybe my instincts are more natural ... but that ain't enough to account for the way I come out alive, with all those German soldiers raining death on me ...
I'm a-telling you the hand of God must have been in that fight ...
.... Jes think of them 30 machine guns raining fire on me point-blank from a range of only 25 yards and all them-there rifles and pistols besides, those bombs,
and then those men charged with fixed bayonets, and I never receiving a scratch, and bringing 132 prisoners.
Sergeant York's story was turned into the movie 'Sergeant York' starring Gary Cooper.
The highest grossing movie of 1941,
York donated his proceeds to fund a Bible college,
The York Bible Institute.
On November 11, 1918, the war ended with the signing of the
World War I left combined casualties of nearly 18 million killed or missing and 20 million wounded.
Five days after the signing of the Armistice, President Wilson proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer:
"Complete victory has brought us, not peace alone, but the confident promise of a new day ... God has indeed been gracious ...
While we render thanks for these things, let us not forget to seek the Divine guidance in the performance of those duties, and divine mercy and forgiveness for all errors of act or purpose ...
... Wherefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate ... a day of thanksgiving and prayer,
and invite the people throughout the land to cease upon that day from their ordinary occupations and in their several homes and places of worship to render thanks to God, the Ruler of Nations."
said in his 6th Annual Address, December 2, 1918:
"What we all thank God for with deepest gratitude is that our men went in force into the line of battle just at the critical moment when the whole fate of the world seemed to hang in the balance."
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