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Is Patriotism Ever an Excuse for Political Assassins?

Gavrilo Princip, a Serb, killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne because he wanted Serbia to be free from the Empire’s Control.

Princip was part of an assassination plot because he, and his comrades, had a political motive. Do you think that Princip, and his friends, had any clue that their actions - in killing Franz Ferdinand and his wife - would plunge the world into war? Explain your answer.

If Princip and his friends could have foreseen that the murder of the Archduke would have such far-sweeping results, do you think they would have gone forward with their plans? Why, or why not?

Princip and his friends considered themselves Serbian patriots. Is patriotism ever an excuse for political assassins? Explain your answer.


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