Some views on the complicated issues of 'real life'
Published on August 26, 2004 By oneofus In Philosophy
Listening about all this trials for war crimes, I can't help but wonder how is it that the war is not considered a crime by itself? Let's be honest, it's the killing and destruction of property of the highest degree.

But OK everybody's doing it so it's not a crime. I don't like this kind of reasoning but if we don't consider war a crime, how can we explain the 'war crimes' as crimes? It's the same as saying that a murderer is not guilty for murder but is for breaking the ashtray in the victim's home.

Or, let's look at it differently. The wars, rapings, genocide and killing of 'innocents' (well if they are paying taxes or producing food for the army they can hardly be called innocents) exist for thousands of years. The humanity obviously is not developed enough on the cultural front to stop the wars so it decides to try and stop some of the aspects of it some of the people agree are 'too much'. Well, let's agree killing anybody is 'too much', why don't we? Let's outlaw wars. That way we will erase any opportunities for 'war crimes' by definition. The way it is now, it seems war is a good thing - or at least a thing that can be tolerated. And I cannot agree with that.

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