Rule of Law is often cited as one of the distinctive characteristics of the West, and of Western cultures, which has enabled the West and kindred cultures to rise above despotism, corruption, and poverty. And so it is. The keeping of the Law is traditional in the West.
But, the Law is only as good – can do only so much good – as the men who keep it. It is men who by their acts keep to the Law, enforce and adjudicate it honestly and as fiduciaries of the nation, or who do not; who transmit the tradition they have inherited, or who traduce it.
Rule then is always of men.
Good men are lawful, fair, and loyal, and will keep the Law; so then are they likely to rule by the Law. Evil men who get the reins of power are not likely to keep the Law. They are likely rather to bend and twist and use it to suit and serve their own ends.
As we see.
When good men are not in government, and ruling according to the Law and their own best lights, then is there war.