- Assassination of Russian ambassador is a shocking reminder of the tense world political situation, writes Frida Ghitis
- in 1914, the killing of the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary set off a cascade of events that led to World War I, she notes
Frida Ghitis, who contributes regularly to CNN Opinion, is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)On June 28, 1914, a 19-year-old Serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princip fired into an open-top car traveling through the streets of Sarajevo, carrying Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austria-Hungarian Empire.