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Old 02-15-2008, 05:47 PM   #21
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Default Re: Navy Intercepts Russian Bombers

True dat. WWI started right there over Franz Ferdinand's assassination, although it became a World War because of newly formed alliances that obligated countries to come to each others aid. I found this after a quickie search, but it's pretty good (although I'm going off on another tangent here):

One Thing Led to Another

So then, we have the following remarkable sequence of events that led inexorably to the 'Great War' - a name that had been touted even before the coming of the conflict.

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Austria-Hungary, unsatisfied with Serbia's response to her ultimatum (which in the event was almost entirely placatory: however her jibbing over a couple of minor clauses gave Austria-Hungary her sought-after cue) declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914.

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Russia, bound by treaty to Serbia, announced mobilisation of its vast army in her defence, a slow process that would take around six weeks to complete.

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Germany, allied to Austria-Hungary by treaty, viewed the Russian mobilisation as an act of war against Austria-Hungary, and after scant warning declared war on Russia on 1 August.

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France, bound by treaty to Russia, found itself at war against Germany and, by extension, on Austria-Hungary following a German declaration on 3 August. Germany was swift in invading neutral Belgium so as to reach Paris by the shortest possible route.

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Britain, allied to France by a more loosely worded treaty which placed a "moral obligation" upon her to defend France, declared war against Germany on 4 August. Her reason for entering the conflict lay in another direction: she was obligated to defend neutral Belgium by the terms of a 75-year old treaty.

With Germany's invasion of Belgium on 4 August, and the Belgian King's appeal to Britain for assistance, Britain committed herself to Belgium's defence later that day. Like France, she was by extension also at war with Austria-Hungary.

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With Britain's entry into the war, her colonies and dominions abroad variously offered military and financial assistance, and included Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa.

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United States President Woodrow Wilson declared a U.S. policy of absolute neutrality, an official stance that would last until 1917 when Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare - which seriously threatened America's commercial shipping (which was in any event almost entirely directed towards the Allies led by Britain and France) - forced the U.S. to finally enter the war on 6 April 1917.

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Japan, honouring a military agreement with Britain, declared war on Germany on 23 August 1914. Two days later Austria-Hungary responded by declaring war on Japan.

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Italy, although allied to both Germany and Austria-Hungary, was able to avoid entering the fray by citing a clause enabling it to evade its obligations to both.

In short, Italy was committed to defend Germany and Austria-Hungary only in the event of a 'defensive' war; arguing that their actions were 'offensive' she declared instead a policy of neutrality. The following year, in May 1915, she finally joined the conflict by siding with the Allies against her two former allies.
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Default Re: Navy Intercepts Russian Bombers

Dino and Reve,

I appreciate both of you for your input. I really want to look up and study all that you both wrote. It all scares the crap out of me regardless, as I feel we as a nation are in dire straights.

Have a grand night.
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I wouldn't worry about them Ruskis - those planes just got 'lost' whilst trying to help out their American and British allies in Afganistan!! *Shitfy eyes*.
I'm more concerned with Russian dissidents 'just dying' in Britain - all opponents of Putin! I One is careless, two is worrying! (And one by plutonium is disturbing). Seeing as Plutonium deaths in London are, shall we say, rather minimal at best!

But if you really want to be worried, I'd start with the UN. Bunch of useless [profanity blocked swear words].

I wouldn't trust the UN with a Kindergarten, let alone world peace!
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Today Kosovo "declared" independance from Serbia...

what's that hitting the fan?

oh a big pile of shiiiit.....
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