Russia is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine. Israel defends itself against Hamas terrorist attacks. It is said that all states and parties involved are committing war crimes. From regular table conversations to media reports: terms are used that seemingly everyone understands. But there is often dangerous half-knowledge.
1. What is war? In international law we speak of war when participating states or groups officially declare and announce it to each other. As a result, wars end with ceasefires that are as formal as peace treaties. But that’s only part of the truth. In the US, for example, parliament is responsible for declaring war. However, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, the President can order U.S. military operations anywhere in the world at any time.
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