In a community of nations remaining attached to basic concepts of peace and human rights, war, if and when it occurs, cannot simply be regarded as a fact of life which lasts as long as it lasts with whatever consequences it may entail. In the same way as great efforts have been made to ban and effectively eradicate war, it should be a supreme objective of the international community to reduce as far as possible the detrimental and often atrocious corollaries of armed conflict. With this objective in mind, two strands of rules have been developed: jus ad bellum...
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