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Adams' brush with the law poses an uncomfortable question, but one that is familiar to the Lebanese: How far should justice for past crimes be pursued if it risks the peace and stability of the present?In short, it is better to forget individual crimes for the greater good, to put the interests of the state, its harmony and stability, above those of justice.In each of these cases, the denial of justice to victims of former regimes was deemed to be a fair price to pay for peace.But the argument that justice should not be allowed to undermine peace is a false one. Spain remains under pressure to abandon its amnesty, as hundreds of Spaniards turn to the Argentine courts to seek justice for crimes committed during Franco's rule, causing a big headache for Spain's government and its courts.The question we should be asking isn't whether there is a stark choice between justice and peace in places such as Lebanon and Northern Ireland; but why the political structures in both countries remain too weak to withstand the pursuit of justice.
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