Topic: "Zimmerman Noted"(6)
Frodo is making it through the winter with a tome entitled "Fall of Giants" (courtesy of the Shire Public Library). Ken Follett has commenced a trilogy of the Twentieth Century, and Frodo is now deep into the First World War. The long-ago memory of the historically suspect "Zimmerman Note" was a memory refresher for the Hobbit, but what really inspired this evening's production was something he had forgotten from his studies many nights ago.
Woodrow Wilson was President, and he had won re-election on the campaign promise that he would keep the US of A out of the War in Europe. The British, who were getting their collective butts handed to them (in an event that was to be repeated again only a generation later) were desperate for the Americans to enter the War and pull their bacon out of the mud. The Germans and their allies were equally desperate to keep the Americans out of the War, and to continue wearing down the grandparents of Hugh Grant and Clive Owen. The situation, to the British, required some sort of stimulus to force Wilson to act in their behalf.
Suddenly there appeared the Zimmerman Note. The document was purportedly a communique from the Germans to Mexico, imploring the Mexicans to enter the War as their allies against the United States. Should the Mexicans decide to follow such a course, then the Germans promised that certain parts of the United States would be ceded to the Mexicans as their reward for participating in the victory. Although nearly everybody denied authorship, receipt, or even knowledge of Mr. Zimmerman's note, public opinion in the US of A went ballistic, and soon Wilson's hand was forced, and the Yanks took off for Tipperrary. To this day, no one has conclusively proven to anyone else's satisfaction that the Note was authentic. Many allege that the British concocted the document and that the Germans and the Americans were the dupes.
All of that aside, what caught Frodo's eye was the promise made to the Mexicans. Along with New Mexico (to which Father Tim might object), it was ARIZONA and TEXAS which were to be removed from the Union and gifted to the drug lords of Guadalajara.
What rotten luck befell the US of A in 1918. Had the First World War ended in a truce on the Marne, and if the Zimmerman Note was authentic, then George W. Bush would've been Mayor of Mazatlan. Rick Perry would've been Police Chief of Juarez, John McCain would've fought with Pancho Villa, and Jan Brewer would've been, well, let's just say, "used up."
Maybe next time.