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The Modern Blood-Feud: Thoughts On The Philosophy Of Crimes Against Humanity And The Proper Response

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This chapter focuses mainly on terrorism and crimes against humanity. Crimes against humanity and terrorism are crimes of the first order. They represent, along with genocide, the worst we mortals do to each other. They are political violence without restraint of international law or morality. One question for the chapter is whether international criminal law and prosecution can provide a remedy. The universal criminal nature of the offenses is seen in the laws of each nation and customs of each group. When such an act is perpetrated against "me" or "us", it is criminal. It is criminal even when committed by one youth gang against another. When it is perpetrated against a group, that group feels "offended" or violated in an essentially criminal law sense and retaliates in kind. This is their version of justice. Hence, the blood feud.

Keywords: blood feud; crimes against humanity; genocide; international criminal law; political violence; terrorism



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