|Parent||War Criminal Punishment May Cause War, Prof Says News Article|
|Collection||C.W.J. Phelps Collection|
|Folder||Second Phelps Scrap Book|
|Repository||University of Virginia Law Library|
Let ‘Em Go Free War Criminal Punishment May Cause War, Prof Says Washington, Aug. 8 (UP) – The punishment of Japanese and German World War II war criminals “will increase the probability of World War III,” Dr. Donald Taft, sociologist on the faculty of the University of Illinois, predicts in the forthcoming issue of the American Sociological Review, Science Service reported today from Urbana, Illinois. “If we think less of punishing war criminals and more of reducing international tensions there is a possible chance of avoiding war,” he said. Taft gave as his principle reasons for arriving at this theory the following assumptions, he said: 1. That more war criminals will escape than be punished; 2. That punishment expressing hatred will always be ineffective; 3. That individual punishment of war criminals distracts attention from the basic causes of war; 4. That other criminal acts, such as dangerous doctrines, will go unpunished.