Previous posts in this discussion:
PostStill 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?