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The Guardian view on international law: we need enforcement and example | Editorial

The crimes committed in the wars of the Middle East must in the end be punished. Meanwhile the west must not add to them War used to be described as the continuation of politics by other means. But decades of effort have ensured that some tactics are no longer just a brutal form of diplomacy, but are defined as crimes. In recent years, the noble goal to protect humanity has been hollowed out by the despicable attacks on hospitals and schools carried out with apparent impunity in the wars across the Middle East.
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