Another consideration sometimes over-looked is Wilhelm was an influential decision maker who felt a genuine loss from the assasination FF. In the circumstances, I don't think it was a realistic expectation for Germany to immediately restrain the response from A-H.I agree but they knew the risk was there and the miscalculations result was WWI - thus I hold them responsible though personally to a lesser degree than the other 4.
Germany did not threaten to fight France and Russia, it merely reaffirmed its existing treaty commitments to protect A-H from third party aggression. At the time this was confirmed, there was no indication France and Russia would be prepared to start a wider european war to protect a terrorist state from facing the consequences for its actions. In summary, Serbia was initially the aggressor against A-H, followed by Russia being the agressor against both Germany and A-H.This is again a double standard, when Germany threatens to fight France and Russia on behalf of AH it them trying de-escalate things, but when France and Russia threaten to fight Germany in response to that it's because they sought a wider conflict?
The invasion of Belgium was an ill conceived military decision made after diplomacy had failed and a wider war had already become inevitable.On top of that Germany's actions bring Britain into the war!
No. Why would Wilhelm believe Germany needed to be 'tricked' into fulfilling its existing treaty obligations? A better interpretation would be the Triple Entente expected the Germans would fulfil its obligations to support A-H against aggression and therefore be drawn into a wider war by beligerent states seeking to rewrite the borders of Europe and the Balkans. I personally don't subscribe to Wilhelm's commentary, because Grey's diplomatic foresight was no better than his physical eyesight.what you writ here reminds me of this
Kaiser Wilhelm II wrote that the Triple Entente had conspired to entrap Germany in its treaty obligations with Austria "as a pretext for waging a war of annihilation against us"
which always sounded like "Oh no we were tricked into unconditionally supporting AH, and other countries have unfairly taken AH's and our actions into consideration when responding to us doing that"