"The laws are silent amidst the clash of arms," or so Cicero is alleged to have said. Indeed, the term "law of war" has all the appearances of being one of the great oxymorons of all time. Were one to follow the actions of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his military forces during their invasion and occupation of Kuwait, the words of Cicero would seem to ring true. Yet at the same time Colonel Raymond C. Ruppert (U.S.A.), the legal adviser to General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of United States forces, for the liberation of Kuwait, has stated that "Desert Storm was the most legalistic war we've ever fought."
W. H. Parks, The Gulf War: A Practitioner's View, 10 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 393 (1992).