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Zimmermann Telegram

Discussion in 'World History' started by YNCS, May 12, 2006.

  1. YNCS

    YNCS Ex-bubblehead

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    On January 17, 1917, Arthur Zimmermann, the German Foreign Minister, sent an encrypted telegram to the German ambassador to Mexico:

    Because the British had pulled up every other trans-Atlantic cable at the beginning of the war, the telegram had to go through London, where the British had broken the German diplomatic code. The Brits leaked the text of the message to the Americans who published it in early March. It caused an uproar: What the hell were the Germans doing offering U.S. territory to Mexico?

    Zimmermann then committed what must be considered one of the top diplomatic blunders of all time: He admitted that the telegram was authentic.

    On April 6, 1917, the U.S. Congress declared war on Germany.
     
  2. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Silly Germans and their shenanigans. I mean, when you are asked if something is real, you say NO! Its like Ghostbusters: When someone asks if you are a God, you say yes!"
     
  3. Dreadnought

    Dreadnought Deity

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    Should never have admitted it was real...
     
  4. Louis XXIV

    Louis XXIV Le Roi Soleil

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    Of course, I don't think the Telegram itself caused the entry into the war and, even if they hadn't sent it, war probably would have happened anyway.

    But he shouldn't have admitted it was true. That is one situation where you wouldn't look worse being caught in a lie than telling the truth.
     

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