Can we win this war?

You may be wondering what war I am referring to. In my opinion people are throwing the word war around to often. Every time I turn around somebody is declaring war on something or somebody! The English language is constantly evolving and the meaning of words change as they are misused. Well my complaint today is that people are declaring war all over the place. When I was a child when you heard the word war you became scared. Now days I can hear that a war has been declared and not even pay attention to that news flash. Let us take a look at this war stuff in more detail.

First I want to define the word war by looking in a dictionary! What a good idea! We are indeed fortunate to have many resources on-line for this task. If we look at the Merriam-Webster DICTIONARY we find the following definition. War is a noun that denotes a state of open and declared armed conflict between nations or states. Well that is certainly the scary type of war I remember as a child. This was probably the original usage of the word war. Also the noun war means a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism; or maybe, a struggle or competition between opposing forces. Well this definition is certainly more nebulous and probably has become common more recently than the original usage.

Now let us take a look at just a few of the many wars that people are declaring around the world. I can remember many examples off the top of my head, but do not have to rely on my feeble memory. Using the search engine of your choice just try searching for “War on” and pages and pages of results will be returned to you. Let's look at just a few to see how widespread this problem is.

  1. War on Terror

    1. Central Intelligence Agency - The War on Terrorism

    2. The War on Terrorism: Saddam Hussein and Iraq

  2. War on Drugs

    1. War On Drugs Clock

    2. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

  3. War on Poverty

    1. Modern History Sourcebook: President Lyndon B. Johnson: The War on Poverty, March 1964

    2. The Heritage Foundation

  4. War on Hunger

    1. ReliefWeb: United Nations urges $24 billion war on hunger

    2. War against hunger, global warming can be won on farmlands – UN report

  5. War on AIDS

    1. World Health - The War on AIDS

    2. The War On AIDS

  6. War on Crime

    1. CNN.com - Mobile phones to join war on crime - Feb. 20, 2003

    2. Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice - Symposium: After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy and a New Reconstruction

  7. War on Hate

    1. The War on Hate Bans Christian Values

    2. WorldNetDaily: Learning to hate hate

Well these were just a few examples and I did not even mention the most obvious war on Iraq! If we are going to declare war on somebody or something I want to see some shooting or at least a good fist fight. On a more somber note, can anybody name a war that we have won in the last fifty years? Anyone? Anyone?

Douglas J. Rasor

November 16, 2003

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