The Maine Attack
History has proven that the actions of a few often bring punishment for many. In 1898, An American ship called the U.S.S. Maine blew up in a Cuban harbor. In 2001, four passenger jets were hijacked and rerouted towards prominent American structures, the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. After the Maine blew up, America went to war with Spain, even though we could only speculate that Spain was responsible. Regardless of who acted, actions of aggression against the United States breed reactions towards nations that can't be taken back.
In 1898, Cuba, a Spanish-ruled territory like the nearby Philippines, teemed with animosity between colonists and indigenous peoples. American sentiment was mixed, but many sided with Cuba in their fight for liberation. President McKinley reached diplomatic agreements with Cuba, but newspapers longed for scandalous news. (spanamwar.com) So, when offered a stolen letter from the desk of Spanish Minister (ambassador) Enrique Dupuy de Lôme—which criticized McKinley for being weak and opportunistic—newspapers were quick to publish the hot leak. The embarrassed Minister resigned and Americans writhed in anger. (Ebsco)
McKinley ordered the U.S.S. Maine to Cuba, to bring home American citizens in danger of getting caught in the crossfire brought on by mounting tensions. Cuba blows up USS Maine in Havana, Cuba. More than 260 Men were killed. Studies determined that either a mine or a coal fire could have blown up the Maine. If a mine caused the explosion, then that still leaves the question for who was responsible for this. Speculation has ranged from Spanish government, Cuban revolutionaries, or even Spanish landowners. It is said that the USS Maine was deliberately sunk for the purposes of driving the U.S. into a war with Spain. (Ebsco) However, Cuba agreed to a six-month cease-fire, but that was not enough to calm the American public, who wanted retaliation. We entered a war with Spain April 20, 1898.
Violating the Monroe Doctrine—which forbids Western involvement with European and exterior affairs— McKinley steamrolled America into war, but only in the name of just retaliation. After the U.S.S. Maine was destroyed the United States took control immediately and used their power to destroy every Spanish ship in Manila, capital city of the Philippines, a nation that also desired freedom from Spanish rule. (spanamwar.com). The war continued for a year until an armistice was reached, and America bought the Philippines for a cool $20 million.
The twin towers (World Trade Center) of New York were attacked and destroyed by al-Qaeda, a worldwide terror network, who. It is populated by Iraqi members, Iranian members, and terrorists from around the world. In rallying support for war in the 40 months after the attack, Iraq seemed to be the country to blame. War was proposed, and in 2003 a sloppy, invictorious, seven-years-long, war began. (Ebsco)
It seems to be a trend that publicized terror attacks against the U.S. prompt swift war against the likely culprits. The true identity of the underwater mine assailants who successfully destroyed the Maine will never be known for sure, just as the terrorists who masterminded the September 11 attacks may never be properly identified. Seven years of fighting that destroyed or took many lives cannot be taken back.