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Mark wrote: TW, I see what you are saying in the abstract--I disagree with your premise-- but for the sake of argument, let's say the states of the Confederacy appeal to the Europeans for assistance as independent powers invaded by the United States. What exactly do you think the Europeans are going to do? Do you really think they are going to step in on this side of the Atlantic to support a confederation fighting for the declared right to continue chattel slavery.

 

There's a lot to consider here about factual history and international law.

First of all, the Confederate states WEREN'T fighting for slavery; they were DEFENDING their sovereign national integrity, against an unprovoked imperialistic invasion thereof in full violation of international law.  And Europe had never sanctioned the south a PENNY for using slave-labor-- they certainly weren't about to start now.

Also, Europe stood to gain significantly from a Southern victory, by eliminating Union tariffs on European imports.

They would definitely engage in sanctions and treaties, and possible military assistance. This would have made victory impossible for the North, since even a military victory would be 100% Phyrric due to resulting trade-sanctions-- which would become full embargoes as the USA became globally recognized as a rogue-imperialist state.

Last edited on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 06:58 pm by ThomasWashington

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