International Justice

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Why not the Winners too?

History is written by the victors. The winners decide the rules, and the punishments to dole out to those who break those rules. The Nuremburg and Tokyo trials after WWII proved that. The defeated Germany and her allies were put on trial by the victorious world powers, but these winners had the express design to punish the losers in this war. That is how it has always been; the winners punish the defeated for their crime, but what about the crimes of the victors? The crimes of the victors are often ignored in favor of publicizing the crimes of the losers, but shouldn’t all crimes in a conflict be persecuted? Shouldn’t the nations that preach that impunity cannot exist, be held responsible for the crimes that they committed? It is this in mind that the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia) and the ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) were created. They were made in the image of the Nuremburg and Tokyo Trials, but with a new purpose of prosecuting both the winning and losing sides in the conflict. These tribunals are trying to make sure that no matter what side you are on, that committing war crime will never go unpunished.


One response to “Why not the Winners too?

  1. gfoster97 September 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I agree with your main point in this post. I believe that both sides should be held accountable in these trials. No matter what side is being prosecuted, they should also look at the other side as well. There could have been some acts in which they could be held accountable for actions of them not intervening to stop the acts of genocide in these places. That could also be counted as a crime. To disregard a crime that is happening would not look good on the country that is trying to help because they did not help sooner. This is a very interesting viewpoint because it is usually not questioned at all.

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