The then US President Woodrow Wilson had earlier declared US’s neutrality in World War 1. He noted, however, that America would not condone unrestricted submarine warfare citing US ideals of ‘individual human rights of God given freedoms.’ Wilsons’ moral compass reflected his idea of respecting individual rights and as such, enhancing moral fibre – he saw no need for war.
Germany advanced submarine warfare inviting Mexico, through the Zimmerman Telegram, to join them against the US. Wilson’s administration intercepted the telegram and publicized it to garner public approval to join the war. A 1917 Congressional vote sanctioned US intervention and Wilson declared war against Germany (Taylor & Percivale, 1998).
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