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The Monitor's View New ways to protect the innocent in war

As the nature of war changes, the International Committee of the Red Cross is struggling to ensure compliance with the humanitarian principles of the Geneva Conventions. Even the most extreme militants must be convinced of the need to protect civilians.

REUTERS

In the fog of war, one group usually comes equipped with fog lights. It is the International Committee of the Red Cross, the guardian of the humanitarian principles known as the Geneva Conventions that allow the giving of aid to the wounded and, one hopes, compel the parties in a war to protect civilians and prisoners.

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