Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime, Ernest Hemingway.
All war is deception, Sun Tzu.
What is a war?
It is a conflict carried out by force of arms, either between countries or between parties within a nation.
What types of wars are there?
- Conventional warfare is the use of conventional weapons and battlefield tactics between opposing sovereign states, each one having access to large arsenals of military capabilities.
- Convention warfare is related to battles between states’ regular armed forces. In opposition, Unconventional warfare covers all military and quasi-military operations other than conventional warfare. It is the support of a foreign or indigenous insurgency against its government or occupying power.
- Asymmetrical warfare, insurgency, terrorism, etc. These terms are used when opposing forces are not equally matched, typically a violent conflict between a formal military force and an informal, less well-equipped and supported opponent. For instance, the battle between Israel and some Palestinian organizations (Hamas and Islamic Jihad) is a classic case of asymmetrical warfare. Palestinian groups deploy rockets or suicide bombers against Israel and its army which is considered one of the most technologically advanced armies in the world.
- Chemical warfare is the use of highly toxic manmade chemicals in battle, such as tear gas, sulfur mustard, or pepper spray.
- Nuclear warfare is the use of nuclear weapons (atomic, hydrogen, and neutron bombs) for mass destruction. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are good examples of this kind of warfare. They show us that nuclear warfare is terrible, devastating, and should never be unleashed.
- Civil war is a violent conflict between organized groups within a nation; usually involving differing factions, religious groups, or powers.