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Question: President Wilson:
#1[American] did the right thing by going to war  
#2[American] did the wrong thing by going to war  
#3[non American] did the right thing by going to war  
#4[non American] did the wrong thing by going to war  
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« on: August 09, 2005, 08:16:59 pm »

I don't know if it was a good or bad thing.

I guess it was bad in that the outcome of World War I led directly to World War II.

Still, a German victory in 1917 may have been worse.  To get a taste of how the Germans would have been in victory, look at the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk that the Germans imposed on defeated Russia.

For all the Germans' self-centered wailing about Versailles, that treat was mild compared to what the Germans themselves imposed upon the Russians.

We'll know know how it might have turned out differently, but I can't look with favor on an almost certain German victory.  Whatever the weaknesses of the British and French, they were not at that point capable of the kind of barbarity that we later saw from the Germans, so I have to say it was a good thing that the British and French, and not the Germans, were the victorious powers in World War I, and this would not have happened without American intervention.
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