Stated in other terms, the law seeks to limit the measures of war to those which are necessary and to curb those activities which produce suffering out of all proportion to the military advantage to be gained.
Baxter, Richard R.
"The Geneva Conventions of 1949,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
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