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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, occurred on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo when they were mortally wounded by a Serbian Nationalist.

The echo‘s of the fatal gunshot can be still heard in this modern age and day, with an estimated 40 million casualties attributed to the first world war that followed.

Gavrilo Princip might have muttered “I did not mean this to happen”. But the killing was irrevocable, the deed done and many innocent people lost their lives as Europe shuffled into war. For those among us not in experience of conventional war, rest assured, it is more than hell on earth. Read the history, how the innocent casualties and their rights was infringed on.

Once more the drums of war are beating, and this time in our country, the reaction to the ill-conceived, unplanned, failure to affect, inaction and vague structured threat of expropriation of land without compensation of especially targeted people. Sugar coated denials and everything else do not help to obscure the end game, dispossession of property. Ordinary citizens must not be taken for fools.

As with the assignation of the Duke in 1917, each populist discussion, murky agenda, irrational action, racist drive, murder and failed administrative function and service push our country nearer to the unthinkable. The moment after the change to the Constitution is signed and sealed, the countdown is on. The question maybe is not if, but when.

Did we learn anything from history?