In James Perlof’s “Shadows of Power,” he notes that armaments were loaded into a passenger ship to give reason for its attack giving justification for the US to enter the war. More of a conspiracy theory behind it. Any thoughts on that perspective/ interpretation?
Does he mean to suggest that the U.S. was in on it? If so, I haven’t heard that. It’s more widely suspected that the British were less than fastidious about insisting that passenger ships be free of such cargo, on the assumption that any dead Americans on the high seas might become a pretext for American intervention.