At the time of writing, there are more than 110 armed and violent conflicts, wars, big and small, under way across the world. Making this observation with the prescript “at the time of writing” is not simple frippery. We are in an age when war can break out at any time and anywhere. When have we not been on the edge of war?

Among the 110 armed conflicts recorded by the Geneva Academy’s Rule of Law in Armed Conflict Online Portal, there 45 wars in the Middle East and North Africa; 35 in Africa; 21 in Asia; seven in Europe; and six in Latin America. Two of these conflicts, in Ukraine and in Palestine, have drawn in at least one of the “great” powers, the US, which is unsurprising. Washington was always going to side with anyone who opposes or is in conflict with Russia, and Israel has always enjoyed the safety guarantees, and the political, military and moral support of the US. The US has, also, tried to pull China into the war on Palestinians, if China “wants to be taken seriou...

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