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Is it fair to judge people in times of extreme conflict?

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Is it fair to judge people in times of extreme conflict?

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War or conflict frequently create situations where human beings no longer act rationally or 'normally' . Trauma, psychological stress are freqient resultants of such violent upheavals.

A common question is, that we ask, is whether it is right or fair to judge people who have undergone or are undergoing such conflict related stress/trauma, by normal, rational standards of action/behaviour?

Most contemporary scholars, psychiatrists and human rights/social activists today tend to agree that indeed, it would not be correct or right or fair to thus assess or judge people, in times which are not normal or which present traumatic/stressful experiences. Indeed, even courts of law and tribunals often now recourse to such psychological opinion/s and more often than not, people who are undrgoing conflict-reated stress and trauma, are not even legally held to have culpability, or are judgd to have limited culpability for actions and deeds.

Maybe, the following links might be useful in understanding some of these aspects.

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