All sides should be accountable for crimes in war

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chris1989
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27 May 2024, 5:29 pm

We all know the Nazis and the Japanese were brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity after the second world war but few from the Allied side (Brits, Americans, Soviets and others) faced justice for any wrong-doings except a few court martials. I personally think all sides should be held to account for any crimes committed during a time of war and not just one side. We are probably seeing that now with the International Court wants both Israeli leaders and Hamas leaders to face trial for war crimes and other wrong-doings.



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27 May 2024, 7:31 pm

I hate to correct you but not all Japanese war criminals were held accountable after WWII. Those with information on Unit 731 (trigger warning: do not search for it unless you can stomach gore) were let go by the Americans for that information. The same can be said of the Nazis (rocket program information, Warner Von Braun later worked for NASA). Both the Axis and Allies had committed war crimes at one point in time during the war.

Under principle, the idea to have both sides accountable for war crimes has merit. It is nearly impossible to do so. It becomes a grey area at best. The winners almost always gets to control who was accountable for actions in war. Case in point, Japan after WWII wanted everyone who participated in nuclear weapon development in the U.S. to be held accountable for the two atomic bombs used against their country. Exactly how would that had been done? Germany and Japan were also working on developing the same weapons during the war, but had limited resources to get the job done.



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27 May 2024, 9:14 pm

QuantumChemist wrote:
I hate to correct you but not all Japanese war criminals were held accountable after WWII. Those with information on Unit 731 (trigger warning: do not search for it unless you can stomach gore) were let go by the Americans for that information. The same can be said of the Nazis (rocket program information, Warner Von Braun later worked for NASA). Both the Axis and Allies had committed war crimes at one point in time during the war.

Under principle, the idea to have both sides accountable for war crimes has merit. It is nearly impossible to do so. It becomes a grey area at best. The winners almost always gets to control who was accountable for actions in war. Case in point, Japan after WWII wanted everyone who participated in nuclear weapon development in the U.S. to be held accountable for the two atomic bombs used against their country. Exactly how would that had been done? Germany and Japan were also working on developing the same weapons during the war, but had limited resources to get the job done.

Yep, there was a lot of subjectivity. The degree to which the Imperial Japanese were held accountable was somewhat less than the Nazis. And while both the US and the Soviets engaged in ethnic cleansing, there really wasn't much, if any actual punishment for it.

In general, the winners tend to get off completely free, or with minor punishments. But, failing to have a world without wars, a world where all parties involved were equally accountable would be the next best thing.



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27 May 2024, 11:24 pm

Yes, ideally this would be the case.


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