war or not war?
By relling on Jun 18, 2004
3 reasons why I don't like the phrase “war on drugs” or “war on terrorism”
Wars are real estate transactions gone bad. The goal to be won is control over real estate.
Wars need armies to fight them. To gain wealth, you need resources.
Wars need to end. People don't like war. War sucks. Anyone who starts a war has a goal (real estate), assembles the resources needed to gain the goal (army), and either wins or loses (ends the war). With few exceptions, like the 100-year war, the goal should be obtainable within a generation. The first question you should ask when starting a war is “when will it be over? Soon?” We've been in the “war on drugs” for over 20 years now. I can't tell if we're winning, losing, who the armies are, what the goal is, or when it will end. I'd love to declare victory, but when?
Neither “war on drugs” nor the “war on terrorism” involve real estate, armies, or an ending. I really wish the politicians would use another term. War sucks.