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conflict not necessary for war, actions of war other than shooting

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 3, 2010 at 10:02

hpeskin, it is important to distinguish between conflict and war. A conflict needs two sides to interact, a war may be started by one side alone. It seems to be a belief of the current us government, but not them alone, that escalating conflicts start wars. I do not think so. It is more the prospect of winning, being the stronger party, that start governments into a war. That is exactly what Iran is aiming at. Avoiding conflict with Iran is not going to stop them or anybody. As for war itself it does not begin with shooting.

Here are actions that indicate a war other than shooting: strengthening forces moving forces getting new weapons threatening supporting (our) enemies by supplying arms or other support growing militarism in civil life You can check pretty much every item on the list on the case of Iran. The war in Iran is already on t with the US trying to avoid conflict. But as I said, Iran does not need a conflict, they got their mission.

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