Recently Canucklehead had a post listing oxymorons. He had some good ones. I offered "Bagpipe Music". Today I offer, as my own post, "War Crimes".
Why? Because I think, deep down, ALL of war is a crime.
War crime: "An action carried out during the conduct of a war that violates accepted international rules of war."
But do you not think it rather ridiculous that something as chaotic and all-destructive as war, to say it must be conducted under certain rules? How does one order chaos? Is that in itself not simply another oxymoron?
No matter how justified, or even "necessary," war is always a crime.
Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago. — Colman McCarthy
If we are going to stop wars on this earth, we are going to have to make war on hunger our number one priority. — David W. Brooks
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? — Eleanor Roosevelt
A self-respecting nation is ready for anything except for a renunciation of its option to make war. — Simone Weil
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk. — Eleanor Roosevelt
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