9 Conclusion: the challenges ahead
The time has come to conclude this short journey into the lands of IHL. It ventured, at once, into some aspects of general interest and hopefully also opened some less-known perspectives. At this ultimate juncture, the question may be asked what great issues remain ahead of this branch of the law, as far as is foreseeable? The following points may be made:
If some progress is to be made, we must probably hope and act for more than we can ultimately get; however, this action must be grounded in solid craftsmanship, devoid of any illusion or empty pathos, if it is to be taken seriously at all. That is not a dilemma. It is an ultimate expression of the genius of IHL, constantly balanced between humanitarian aspirations and military sobriety.
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