• Yes, the Germans had to be stopped.

    We should have went to war because we didn't want to get destroyed by the Germans, and plus we wanted to help the countries we were in alliance with. Also if we wouldn't have went to war, then the Germans would rule the U.S. just like how they pretty much ruled all of Europe.

  • YES, the US should enter WWI because of German actions made during this time.

    The US made the right call by entering WWI. After the Lusitania was sunk, and thousands of American lives were lost, America had no other choice. Then the Germans sent the Zimmer telegram which told Mexico to attack the US. If Germany would of won WWI, and America would't of entered the war, then what would of stopped Germany from invading America?

  • L a u r e n

    Many people believe that the U.S should have entered the war. However there were also people who do not feel the same way. I am one of those who believe that the United States should have entered the war. Due to the fact that Germany could not accept the United States neutrality of the war, the United States needed to retaliate. I believe this was a wise decision because of the disrespect given from Germany. Along with the Americans entering the war I also feel as though the German U-boats and submarines were unjust and unfair. Once the sinking of the Lusitania occurred the U.S. Made an attempt to get Germany to pay back the victim’s survivors. However Germany didn’t accept the attempt and instead blew off the United States. For this reason I believe the United States should have entered the war.
    The United States also should have entered the war because many benefits have come out of it. Without entering the war, the Improvements of warfare weapons would have not came about. Weapons such as poison gas, machine guns, and submarine U- boats would not have come about in efforts which helped the U.S in the current WWI and the future for WWII. The war also caused the production of more money and helped the economy.
    The United States benefited from WWI because women were more respected. Up until World War I women were not respected. They were “supposed to be” stay at home mothers. The stay at home mothers would take care of their children, cook, clean, and be a housewife. They were also required to do everything for their husbands. Women did not go to work, weren’t treated with rights and could not vote. However once World War I occurred the women played a huge role in being nurses for the wounded. While men were at war the women served in hospitals and aided the injured back to help. Although the war contained casualties and bad had come out of it just like any other, more benefits came out of it. Women were now more respected the addition of new weapons, a victory and the U.S also gaining respect from Germany.

  • Joining WWI was no mistake

    President Wilson demanded that the German government abandon its submarine warfare or the US would be forced to declare war. There were multiple instances in which U-boats destroyed passenger ships holding Americans, and this left many US citizens outraged. In May of 1915, a British passenger ship called Lusitania entered the war zone. A German submarine destroyed the ship with its missiles, killing about 1,200 people which included 128 Americans. Another instance was in March of 1916, when once again, German submarines fired upon a passenger ship. This time it was a French ship the Sussex, and several Americans were injured. Germans repeatedly attacked Americans and this cannot be left unanswered.

  • The US made the right decision

    The US made the right decision to join the war, because the Germans were killing many Americans not accepting the fact the US wants to stay neutral. In doing so, they killed many Americans unjustly. If the US didn't do anything, then the Germans would've kept sinking more ships and killing the Americans that went along with them.
    Also, the Allies were losing the war. They were exhausted from all the years of fighting (trench warfare), that took a long time to even gain land/ advance. Now that Russia dropped out, all the German troops moved toward the Western front. This was a big blow to the Allies. If it weren't for the US, the Allies would've probably lost the war.
    Finally, Germany wasn't going to give up. They wanted to win this thing. President Wilson said "Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser." Meaning, if the Allies won the war, then Germany would have to face the consequences, which would end the war (deaths, destruction, etc).

  • Shaped Our Country Today

    Well giving the fact that America has learned many new battle techniques and weaponry prints. To add on to it, that we have gotten a vast knowledge of technology. We dont know how our country, let alone the world, would have shaped from the actions of WWI. In my personal opinion, I think we should've gone into this war, because the outcome may have been different, possibly communism would've spread, and depression would've caved in earlier and for a longer period or time.

  • Although reluctant at first, America was drawn into the European war.

    America would love to remain neutral. They were drawn in mainly for three reasons. The first reason was that Germans crushed Belgium trying to get to France. The second reason was that Allied diplomats spread false rumors that Germans killed civilians, raped women, and hurt children as they went through Belgium. The third and most important reason was Germany’s use of a new kind of weapon. The submarine, known as the U-boat.

  • Necessary Deed Done

    The Germans continually poked and prodded at the US trying to get them to enter the war. They agreed to the "Sussex Pledge" but then decided to resume unrestricted submarine warfare because they thought if they did they could be the British very quickly, even if the United States joined the war. After all of that there was also the Zimmerman Telegram which was proof that Germany was waiting for u to enter the war.

  • Yes they have and they did

    First they had no choice, the Germans sunk Lusitania which was a British ship and contained American soldiers, 128 died. Second, it was the Zimmermann Telegram, Germany told Mexico to declare war on America which outraged them. And lastly, Germans would sink anything that goes in their way with their humongous submarines. So what would they do? Get ruled by Germans or win their victory by at least trying to fight with them? I say they should fight or else we wouldn't have our freedom now.

  • Yes, we should have participated in WW1

    If America did not go into WW1 what would we as a country of looked like? We gave warnings saying if you take down one more boat we will declare war. So they took down Lusitania and we had to stick to our world, otherwise weed be looked upon as weak.

  • Not America's fight

    It's true that the German sank the Lusitania and sent the Zimmerman note to Mexico but entering World War 1 just made it worse because more Americans died. Also many soldiers were drafted into the war between the ages of 18 and 30 which meant they lost a lot of that generation. Also they should have stopped sending more supplies to the allied powers than the central powers.

  • No, the cost of going to war did not improve America financially.

    In fact, part of the reason America and other countries were in such economic crisis by the time of World War II was because of World War I. Even if America were to have lost the $2 billion in loans, it does not outweigh the price of going to war. America spent well over $500 million and the blood of many innocent American soldiers.

  • We shouldnt have entered

    Why were we in Europeans affairs? We should let Europe solve their own problems and make their own decisions. The U.S. was being hypocritical. We want people and other countries to stay out of our business but yet we got into theirs. If we don’t want other people in our business then we need to set the example and not get in other countries' business and they won’t get in ours. America is a republic which means we are supposed to stand up to the world, not fight it. America had no place in Europe. They whine about not wanting anything to do with Europe, yet decided to join the side that caused the war. Now we think we're great because we joined the fight in 1917 when there wasn’t any difficulty fighting at that time.

  • America you are a republic which means your supposed to stand up to the world not fight them.

    Would you rather have you loved ones died because you are angry at some one. NO exactly which was what ww1 was. This is a free world and if you are going to make it difficult for every one to live in get out. Every one has the re right to say what they think but when it turn into war that is just way to far. So America stand out to the world. Be a light that every one wants to be like the other countries will try to be like you and there will be no war because every one is in the same state of mind. America stand up for want is right.

  • US entry into World War I was a horrendous error

    The United States' entry into World War I was a horrendous error that would have terrible consequences for the entire world throughout the rest of the 20th Century. In 1917 the war had stagnated and all major powers were worn and bogged down with no end in sight. Had the US remained out of the war, it most likely would have ended sooner than later in a stalemate peace with fair terms for both sides. Instead, America's entry on their side encouraged the British and French to continue the war without negotiations. American assistance meant the allies were able to defeat the Central Powers and impose harsh terms and the unfortunate Treaty of Versailles. These harsh conditions would cripple the new German democracy's economy and cause great hardship and bitterness. This would lead to the German Republic's collapse and the rise of Hitler and World War II.

  • No we the U.S. Shouldn't have entered WWI

    The Entering of WWI is essentially what started our getting involved with anything. The British French and the other countries of Europe would have been able to defeat Germany on there own it was a waste of time and resources as well as American People. Although I respect those who served in WWI as Americans I don't think we should have gotten involved

  • It was not needed

    The Russians were killing the German army so fast, they did not need any help. The British were alongside them and were pummeling the Germans as well, just pushing them back little by little every day. The USA joining was overkill. All it did was make us lose money and supplies, and our people.

  • There was no threat

    America had no need to join World War I because there were no threats to American citizens except for unrestricted submarine warfare. But after the sinking of the Lusitania, the Germans promised to stop using unrestricted submarine warfare.|America had no need to join World War I because there were no threats to American citizens except for unrestricted submarine warfare. But after the sinking of the Lusitania, the Germans promised to stop using unrestricted submarine warfare.
    I said that twice so I could be able to post

  • I don't think so...

    In the beginning of World war I, The U.S should have not been involved with the war in the first place. It was not needed for the U.S to interfere with Germany, Russia, and Britain during the war. The reason being, the Russians were beating the German army rapidly. They did not need any help at the time. The British were besides them and were beat the Germans as well. The U.S joining made America lose money, supplies, and armed forces.

  • Should have never supported Britain

    The argument that Germany was committing illegal unrestricted submarine warfare is an absurd argument in light of the fats. The Germans had been making use of the new submarine to attempt to wrest naval superiority or at least neutralize British naval superiority. Initially the Germans had honored the naval rules of engagement when accosting British merchantmen. They would surface and give the crew time to evacuate the ship before it was torpedoed. The British countered this by arming their merchantmen with guns to sink the U-boats when they surfaced. Arming these merchantmen was a violation of the naval rules of engagement. When Germany brought this to the attention of the world, most notably the United States, to justify further unrestricted warfare they were told in no uncertain terms that no one cared and that if they continued to wage a perceived illegal campaign they would suffer the consequences. The Anglophiles within Wilson's government supported, ironically, by elements of the Republican Party made sure that the British violations were never considered and that Germany was always painted as the Hunnish villain. When it comes to the Lusitania we find a British steam-liner that was illegally carrying arms from Canada to the UK to support the war effort. The British hoped to sneak these weapons to Britain and use their own citizens as well as American citizens as human shields. The Germans were aware of this illegal shipment and took reasonable action in sinking a legitimate threat the the German Empire. Considering the British track record of breaking the rules it is completely understanding that the U-boat did not surface to give the liner time to evacuate lest they be sent to the bottom of the ocean. I find the Zimmerman telegram to be of dubious veracity when one considers that the telegram was intercepted by the British. This is easily done when one stops to think about the fact that all undersea telegraph lines were owned and operated by the British. I believe the telegram to be a forgery meant to enrage the US into joining the war against the Germans who, had they the time, could have pushed the almost entirely annihilated French Army and weakened British Army into the sea if the US had not entered. This very real threat, especially with Russia leaving the war and the prospect of Hindenburg's column alongside the Austrian armies in the east moving West forced the British to create this flimsy document to finally push Wilson into declaring war against the Central Powers. This war did not serve to help America and because of the incompetence of her commanders the US lost 110,000 young men in the very short amount of time that we were engaged in this misbegotten conflict. It was a European war being waged by Imperial belligerents and was no concern of the United States.

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Anonymous says2013-03-29T20:20:16.747
I would vote yes, but not for any of he reasons listed above