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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I dont know the literal answer to this, but I hope you’ll accept a philosophical one.

I think it’s easy to view all war as something to be punished but ultimately war and its outcomes have shaped the lives we all live today. War prevents fascism, frees countries, stops invaders…

Obviously the other side of that are malicious actors, instigators, fascist, etc…but not all wars are so black and white.

Who would you “punish” if you aren’t clear who the “bad guys” are? If both sides feel as if they are fighting to protect their ideals?

War is unfortunately a messy, gray, necessary evil.

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