Eli5: If war crimes can be punished, why isn’t all war punished?

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Eli5: If war crimes can be punished, why isn’t all war punished?

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Look up Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. Laws don’t exist for the sake of punishment but to regulate life while there is no conflict.

International law was established to create a basis for the relationship nations have after they are done fighting. Would you trust a neighbor to uphold their contracts in peacetime who committed unspeakable atrocities towards you? Or would you rather trust someone who followed an agreed upon moral guideline?

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