Talk:War crimes

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"brutally" raping seems redundant. Thorvelden (talk)

Yes, the sentence needs "And that's terrible." tacked on the end, just in case anyone fails to get that it is - David Gerard (talk) 23:15, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
The intro should be: "War crimes are committed by the victor against the defeated. And that's terrible." - David Gerard (talk) 23:18, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Could we please move the stuff about the Nuremburg Trials to its own article? Röstigraben (talk) 23:42, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
The Nuremburg trials are relevant. The article is supposed to shed light on the hypocrisy and smugness of the victors, and the Soviet Union are an important case in point. It threatened the legitimacy of Nuremburg to have the Soviets as co-prosecutors, due to their comparable crimes against humanity. MarcusCicero (talk) 10:23, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
As they say, "true dat". If we had an article on the Nuremburg Trials, that would cover the specifics of that event itself. If you want to discuss the morality of the concept of war crimes or potential hypocrisy or the "written by the victor" sort of thing, I think it's still very relevant here. From what I understand, we do have an agreed standard for what a War Crime is, just a less than consistent track record in recognising and punishing it. Scarlet A.pngbomination 10:33, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
The problem is that the article currently does a good job at exposing the "hypocrisy and smugness of the victors" at the expense of mentioning any of the actual German war crimes that led to the persecution. Seriously, parts of the first paragraph sound exactly like the stuff you find on German neo-Nazi websites. I dont think it's intentional, but it certainly gives the impression of relativizing the German war crimes. These parts don't add much to the substance of the article regarding the definition of war crimes and how they're dealt with, and if we add even more material for clarification, it'll further distract from the main topic. Of course it'll always be the victors who persecute the losers, simply because there's no easy way to get to the heads of sovereign states unless they've been beaten in a war or otherwise fallen from power. Something along these lines could stay in the article, with a link to a discussion of the Nuremberg trials as a specific example. Röstigraben (talk) 12:01, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
The intention certainly isn't to trivialise the Nazi crimes. But Nuremburg has been compromised by a nation who murdered 20 million of its own people in concentration camps, and who raped most of Eastern Europe. This is not to say that 'war crimes' do not exist, though it is important to point out that it is only ever the losers of history who get prosecuted for it. MarcusCicero (talk) 12:32, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
It may not be the intention, but it's certainly the effect. It reads like an attempt to define the concept iof "war crimes" away - David Gerard (talk) 12:43, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
Its important to take into account the moral authority of prosecutors. A smartarse would point out that war itself is a crime. MarcusCicero (talk) 12:50, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
Right now, it exclusively addresses the moral authority of the prosecutors, while accurately, if somewhat inconsistently arguing that these concerns don't cast a doubt over the results of the trials. But there's not a single mention of Auschwitz, Coventry, Stalingrad...a list that could be expanded at will. The Germans started the war as far as Europe is concerned, and no other party showed as little concern for human lives during the conflict, yet the article is completely silent about that. Adding these points would reduce the ambiguity, but then 80-90% of the article would deal with Nuremburg. So I suggest we move that stuff to its own article, expand it, and keep this one as a definition while linking to the new page as a prominent example. Röstigraben (talk) 14:27, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
I admire your persistance. I agree with your analysis and will assist where possible. MarcusCicero (talk) 14:39, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
It was actually pretty well dealt with in an episode of the West Wing, believe it or not. MarcusCicero (talk) 10:36, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
I really need to start watching that. Is there anything it hasn't dealt with quite well? Scarlet A.pngbomination 10:44, 28 August 2010 (UTC)


Think this should mention how attitudes to making the first shot, plunder/rape have changed over time (Better angels of our nature has some good material). A lot of stuff was seen far less harshly before the Hague Convention.

Also might mention

  • that who started (or _really_ started it) a war is irrelevant (see the outbreak of WW1 which has filled libraries with historians trying to exculpate their favourite countries)
  • that consequences of moral accusations can have poor outcomes (see Franco-German enmity in the past or current Korean-Japanese conflict stirred for political reasons).

There has lately been a book "In praise of Forgetting" on this subject.

  • the MyLay massacre (since it was the first notorious massacre committed under modern war crime laws).— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs
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ISIL war crimes?[edit]

The examples of war crimes given seem odd. No doubt that some US soldiers have committed atrocities, but what about the ones recently conducted by ISIL? Or the crimes by partisans and militias in Iraq? The scale of these compared to the recent ones committed by westerners isn't even comparable.— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs