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This provocative book, Of War and Law is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when military leaders and outside observers use legal language as a substitute for independent ethical thinking. According to Kennedy, the military's increasing reliance on the law creates the illusion that there is an objective way to balance civilian lives and military goals.
It relieves the decider of responsibility for judgment. Kennedy traces the evolving relationship of law and warfare as the boundaries between war and peace have steadily grown less distinct.