Authors Explore War Crimes Book Seeks to Set Standards for Confrontation

The Florida Times Union, August 5, 1999 | Go to article overview

Authors Explore War Crimes Book Seeks to Set Standards for Confrontation


WASHINGTON -- Chechnya, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo. Deportation, torture, willful killing of civilians, ethnic cleansing.

The century in which "genocide" and "concentration camp" entered the vocabulary is ending with a decade that has forced the world to confront crimes against humanity, not once but several times.

It is easy to forget that wars have rules.

But 50 years after the Geneva Conventions outlined the laws of war in the aftermath of World War II, a group of combat correspondents and legal scholars has written a guide to the ways fighting men have broken those codes of conduct. Their goal is to build political support for rules that are all too rarely enforced.

"Humanitarian law and international rights law have never been more developed; yet never before have so many innocent civilians been the victims of war crimes," South African jurist Richard Goldstone, the first chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, writes in Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know.

The book, published by W.W. Norton, is an alphabetical catalog of international humanitarian law, from act of war and biological weapons through death squads, forced labor and refugees' rights to torture and wanton destruction. It is both legal text and battle glossary.

CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour writes about Bosnian Serb paramilitaries. German law scholar Horst Fischer describes the legal ambiguity of carpet bombing. Retired British Army Maj. Gen. A.P.V. Rogers sets out rules governing civil wars, which are murkier than those of cross-border conflicts.

Former U.S. Army law professor H. Wayne Elliott offers a how-to guide for judging whether prisoner of war camps meet the Geneva Conventions standards: Is it located far enough from the combat zone? …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Authors Explore War Crimes Book Seeks to Set Standards for Confrontation
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.