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  •  I was just thinking the same thing (none)
    The parallels to the Zimmerman telegram are pretty interesting!  For any who might not know, this was a telegram sent from the Germans to Mexico at the outset of World War I, which was intercepted by American telegraph operators (or was it British?), for precisely the same reasons as are illustrated in Armando's excerpt here: the signals transited the U.S. telegraph network.  The infamous telegram revealed that the Germans were soliciting Pancho Villa to attack the Southwest United States, to prevent us from entering the War in Europe.  Of course, when it was discovered and publicized by President Wilson, this telegram is what helped galvanize anti-German, pro-War public sentiment in the U.S.

    So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause -- Padme

    by dnta on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 04:52:48 AM PST

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    •  Zimmermann Proposal More Substantial (none)
      The Zimmermann (who was the German Foreign Minister) telegram was sent to the Mexican government in early 1917 at the height of WW1 after the Germans had concluded their Verdun offensive to be a losing proposition.  The German's telegram was intercepted and decoded by the British, who controlled the only global telegraph system operating at the time.  

      In fact, one of the first acts by the British when the balloon went up at the start of WW1 was to deliberately cut the German telegraph cables running from the continent to secure total and exclusive control of the global telegraph system.  The Germans persuaded themselves that their codes were secure enough to safely use the available telegraph lines, even though the British had been reading almost all German communications from virtually the start of the war.  One strange fact about the war is that during the day before the Battle of Jutland the British fleet received notice to raise steam and head to sea before the German High Seas Fleet had the message.

      The Germans had tried to induce the Mexican government to attack the US in collaboration with the Germans and possibly the Japanese.  The Mexican leadership concluded the Germans could not really assist the stated planned recovery of the old Mexican territories in the southwest, including Texas.  The Mexican government prudently decided to decline the overture.  Pancho Villa was never involved in the discussion.

      The Zimmeramn Telegram fully justified Wilson's request to Congress to declare war on Germany.  Even more than the unrestricted submarine warfare, it demonstrated the German's hostility toward the US and willingness to openly and blatantly harm US interests.  Dubya would be so lucky to be presented a missive like the Zimmermann Telegram by al Qaeda.  What more could bin Laden threaten than the danger the administration has already claimed exists from al Qaeda?  

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