The coming war

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Carried out on the orders of Donald Trump, the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander, is one step further towards the abyss of war. Though the future is never written in advance, how can one avoid the thought that the America government has put the world in peril by behaving as a rogue state, trampling on international law, asks Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel. France, he argues, would do itself great honour by saying so loudly and clearly.

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On June 28th 1914 the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie by a Serbian nationalist was the event which triggered World War I. It was followed by three decades of European catastrophe that lasted right up to the mass murders of World War II.