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The Hague tribunal has focused attention on crimes against humanity, but its limited success raises questions about the future of international law.
Gross human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia-rape, torture, summary execution and mass internment-cannot go uncensured by the international community. A war crimes tribunal is a moral imperative and would go far toward deterring future criminals and defusing ethnic tensions in the Balkans. Although prosecution will be difficult, the alternative-doing nothing-is unacceptable. To abandon the process now, after the United Nations has already called for a tribunal, would make a mockery of international law. The moral legacy of the Nuremberg trials is at stake.