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The Ankara Shooting Won't Start World War III

Assassinations can make good excuses for military conflict, but they don’t cause it.
Source: Umit Bektas / Reuters

In September 1898, the Empress of Austria—on holiday in Geneva, Switzerland—was stabbed and murdered by an Italian anarchist. The killing stunned Europe. Forty years later, the novelist Rebecca West still recalled her shock at the news. She explained her surge of emotion to a puzzled housemaid: “Assassinations lead to other

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