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2011/03/18 22:15:28 (permalink)

Are we at war?

Just thinking, when I was about 8 the Falklands War started and I was terrified since all I had heard about war was my grandparents from WWII.
Then the Gulf War wa pretty major in, what - 1990?
It seems that since then we have never not been in a confict.
As a civilian these wars have virtually no impact on my life since it's not like1939 when everyone was affected.
 
So what does it mean for a nation to be at war these days? It seems to be just how things are, yet we don't have the grave "our nation is at war" declarations.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/18 22:25:46 (permalink)
    There is a big difference between our troops being in action overseas and fighting a war in our own country/airspace. The significance of our country being at war is much lower when noone is trying to invade and our cities are not being blitzed.
     
    Having said that, for the soldiers there is no difference, as either way they are putting their lives on the line for our country. I can't imagine it makes much difference whether you are fighting for your country's foreign policy of for the country itself, when your own life is at risk.
     
    I would say that we are at war, but fortunately for most of us the current war has little impact on our lives.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/18 22:27:32 (permalink)
    From my understanding for it to auctually be classed as a War it has to be declared by the country but that hasn't happened since WW2. However, because I am at the bottom at the pay scale I stand to be corrected.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/18 22:41:47 (permalink)
    Yeah, sd, I don't know what it takes for us to be "declared" at war.
    Obviously our troops are engaged somewhere.
    I suppose some of them have been engaged somewhere since...WWI?
    The general public (me inlcuded) are pretty blasé about war these days since it never affects us unless family members are serving.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/18 22:43:08 (permalink)
    Furious D, I'm glad it has very little impact on our lives but perhaps that's why people seem disengaged from it.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/18 23:44:55 (permalink)
    Have been for some time mate, in support of American expansion/protection of interests.
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    Re:Are we at war? 2011/03/19 08:47:36 (permalink)
    Varg

    Just thinking, when I was about 8 the Falklands War started and I was terrified since all I had heard about war was my grandparents from WWII.
    Then the Gulf War wa pretty major in, what - 1990?
    It seems that since then we have never not been in a confict.
    As a civilian these wars have virtually no impact on my life since it's not like1939 when everyone was affected.

    So what does it mean for a nation to be at war these days? It seems to be just how things are, yet we don't have the grave "our nation is at war" declarations.

    Yeah - they found that those grave 'our nation is at war' declarations were more likely to have people demanding peace, or questioning why it was going on so long (or had started in the first place) so they stopped making them and just got on with massacring the sh*t out of anyone with oil without calling it a 'war' or anything too dramatic sounding


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