Serbia lost 16% of the its population in the ensuing war. That’s a staggering price to pay, especially in view of the fact that Serbia today is smaller than it was at the time of WWI. These men (including their trainers) should have been shot and buried in unmarked graves before they embarked on their mission.
posted on 06/28/2013 3:58:04 PM PDT
by Zhang Fei
(Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
To: Zhang Fei
You're right Zhang Fei, the Serbs paid a terrible price in WWI, however "these men" (the assassins) and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand were USED by the Austrians and Germans as a phony pretense to attack Serbia, which they had intended to do all along, regardless of whether Gavrilo Princip had ever been born. It can be argued that the Austrians deliberately set up their own man to die in Sarajevo on June 28 (Vidovdan) for the specific purpose of having a justification to wage war against the Serbia.
They did NOT however, anticipate the scope of their folly.
posted on 06/28/2013 4:12:25 PM PDT
To: Zhang Fei
Serbia is larger now than it was in 1912. It is a little smaller than it was in 1914 (after the Balkan Wars, when it gained a lot of territory). Vojvodina now belongs to Serbia—before WWI it was part of Austria-Hungary.
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