Crime Without Punishment

The U.S. has charged Yugoslav leaders with atrocities in Bosnia, but the criminals may never be brought to justice. Does the West have the will to follow through?

Brutal crimes are being committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and anyone watching television can see the gruesome effects every day. War is not pretty, but it has its rules. Whenever armies torture or murder civilians, imprison them in concentration camps or drive them off the land, when they burn houses, wantonly shell cities and rape women, they are committing war crimes.

International law sometimes seems abstruse, but it is absolutely clear on this issue. A shooting war is no excuse for mistreating civilians or military prisoners. The legal precedents were set at the trials of major war criminals in Nuremberg and...

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