by James Perloff — (henrymakow.com) May 7, 2015
America’s involvement in World War One, like so many others, was engineered through a false flag.
In 1915, Britain was at war with Germany, but the U.S. was still neutral. On May 7, the Lusitania, a British ocean liner en route from America to England, was sunk by a U-boat. 128 Americans were among the dead. The 32,000-ton ship went down in just 18 minutes after a single torpedo hit. Survivors reported two explosions – a smaller one followed by an enormous one. The tragedy was publicly portrayed as wanton slaughter, and was the most important in a series of pretexts used to generate the eventual U.S. declaration of war.
• Germany’s U-boat campaign against British shipping was in retaliation for Britain’s naval blockade of Germany, which ultimately caused hundreds of thousands to die of starvation.
• U-boats initially observed “Cruiser Rules” established under international law: before sinking a merchant vessel, they would surface, and allow the ship’s crew to evacuate in lifeboats.
• They abandoned this policy because Winston Churchill, head of the British Admiralty, unilaterally revoked the “Cruiser Rules.” He ordered merchant ships armed. Colin Simpson writes: “It was made an offence to obey a U-boat’s orders to halt. Instead masters must immediately engage the enemy, either with their armament if they possessed it, or by ramming if they did not. Any master who surrendered his ship was to be prosecuted, and several were.”