The United States of America was right to join World War One

The United States of America was right to join World War One. Before the United States had joined, it was the Central Powers and the Allied Powers fighting each other. In the Central powers, there was: Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. In the Allied Powers, it was Brittian, Russia, and France. When the United States joined, they became part of the Allied Powers. The United States was right to be in World War One because they needed to defend their people and they needed to show that they care about their people and would not stand to be betrayed. The people who think the United States should not have joined say that because they say it wasn’t the United State’s fight, and that fewer people would have died if they hadn’t. The United States of America was right to join World War One. Before the United States had joined, it was the Central Powers and the Allied Powers fighting each other. In the Central powers, there was: Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. In the Allied Powers, it was Brittian, Russia, and France. When the United States joined, they became part of the Allied Powers. The United States was right to be in World War One because they needed to defend their people and they needed to show that they care about their people and would not stand to be betrayed. The people who think the United States should not have joined say that because they say it wasn’t the United State’s fight, and that fewer people would have died if they hadn’t. One of the reasons that the United States should have joined World War One was that the United States should protect its people. One example: the Lusitania. On May 7th, 1915 the Lusitania, one of the strongest, fastest and most luxurious of their time set sail towards Britain. Germany had sent out a warning saying that, if anyone were to sail into the war zone it was at their own risk. The people on the Lusitania sailed under an American flag, showing that it was a neutral ship. However, Germany started unrestricted submarine warfare and sunk the Lusitania. For example, “That this appalling crime was contrary to international law and the conventions of all civilized nations, and we, therefore, charge the officers of the said submarine and the emperor and Government of Germany, under whose order they acted, with the crime of wilful and wholesale murder before the tribunal of the civilized world”(“Remember the ‘Lusitania’”). In this, some people were trying to show the public the problem that the United States is just watching from a distance. This was an ad trying to get people to enlist into the army. When the Lusitania sunk, over one hundred Americans drowned. The United States threatened Germany that if they did not stop using unrestricted submarine warfare the United States would enter the war. Due to that threat, Germany stopped for a while. The United States should have joined to protect their living people and honor those who died on the ship. Another reason the United States should have joined is to show that they would not be used and betrayed. On January 19, 1917, Britain intervened and decoded a message called the “Zimmerman Telegram”. In the telegram, the German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann sent a coded message to Mexico saying if they were to keep the United States busy, they would, in turn, give Mexico Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. It also said that on February 1st, they were going to start unrestricted submarine warfare again. For instance, ”Berlin, January 19, 1917,- ‘On the first of February we intend to begin submarine warfare unrestricted. In spite of this, it is our intention to endeavor to keep neutral the United States of America. If this attempt is not successful we propose an alliance on the following basis with Mexico: That we shall make war together and together make peace. We shall give general financial support and it is understood that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona”(Zimmerman Telegram). This shows that not only was the telegram betraying the United States and breaking the promise that they would stop unrestricted submarine warfare, it also promises Mexico land that the United States took from Mexico. Those who believe that the United States should not have joined World War One believe this because they say that it “wasn’t their fight”. They think that since the war was in Europe and the United States are so far away that it shouldn't influence the United States and that they should just stay out of it. For example, “America should have minded her own business and stayed out of World War One. If you hadn't entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism”(“Why America Should Have Stayed Out”). This quote proves that people such as Winston Churchill were wrong and heartless by thinking that the United States should be cruel and harsh by ignoring the hurt and pain across the world. Another thing that they believe is that fewer people would have died if the U.S. had not joined. They believe that the United States should mind their own business and that they sacrificed their people for something that doesn’t involve them. But clearly, they are incorrect. It became the United States business when Germany sent the Zimmerman telegram and threatened the United States. If the United States had not joined the war then, they would have looked weak and the other countries would have thought the United States was a pushover and did not care about their allies, which meant in their time of need the United States would not have the help of her allies. For example, In war, the damage you inflict on the enemy might be immediately apparent. The damage you inflict on yourself in doing so will only become apparent later” (Goodreads WWI quotes). This quote proves that if the United States had not done anything, then it would have been a lot worse then if they had not joined. As for the other excuse, if the United States had not joined there would have been less death, that is not true. For example, “World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the human race, in which over 16 million people died. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people. The war killed almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel” (ASKhon History.com). This quote shows how many people died in World War One and proves that if the United States had not joined, then more Europeans would have died. In conclusion, these examples show how the United States was right to have joined World War One. If the United States of America had not joined at the time they did the entire world would be different. Germany might have won and the United States would not be a world power. Also, if the United States had not joined they would not have shown the other countries how serious and strong they really are. The United States impacted World War One more than anyone realizes, and it brought the Allied Powers to glory. If the Unied Sates had not joined when they should have, noone knows where the world would be and what trouble the world would be going through. All of the reasons, and more, all prove how the United States of America was right to have joined World War One when they did.