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International Law and Its Impact on War Crimes

Journalist, professor, and historian Christopher Simpson teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. Last month the U.N. Security Council voted to create a new international tribunal to try those accused of war crimes in the Balkan conflict. Simpson has written a new book about the use of mass murder as an instrument of state power, beginning with World War I, called "The Splendid Blond Beast." Simpson shows how those who commit such crimes are rarely punished, like high-ranking SS killers from World War II.

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Other segments from the episode on March 2, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 2, 1993: Interview with Robert Kaplan; Interview with Christopher Simpson; Commentary on contemporary interpretations of baroque music.

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