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Post Still Remembering the Maine; from Gary Moore
Created by John Eipper on 05/04/15 4:22 PM

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Still Remembering the Maine; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 05/04/15 4:22 pm)

Gary Moore sends this response to Eugenio Battaglia (4 May):

My thanks to Eugenio for his nautical expertise on cargo probabilities re the Maine prior to the Spanish-American War. 

I agree with John Eipper that the dreaming up of a convenient casus belli is an ancient and universal pattern, only borrowed by American war fever in 1898.

But if the Maine explosion was truly a freak coal-bunker accident, there is something almost mystical here. The single worst thing in the world for Spain--and the single best thing for the expectations of war fever--happened as if by magic. Maybe the shake-out is that strange things certainly are possible--but the stranger they get, the more they deserve a closer look.

JE comments:  Anthony Candil (next) sends a further analysis of the events leading up to the 1898 war.  Anthony asks the frank question:  was Spain looking for trouble?

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