No argument here, Scythian, my FRiend. I just have a different view of what war is. I don’t make a distinction that includes ‘total’ war. I also don’t think war has any subsets, e.g., Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., whether they’re declared by Congress or not. The compartmentalized thinking of politicians and ‘rules of war’ or ‘rules of engagement’ concepts don’t work for me, either. At all.
And yes. War is freaking ugly. The Japanese, IIRC, have a saying that business is war. Interesting thought there.
I have thought we have been actively engaged in Holy War with Muslims since 1979 at least. I hardened my conclusions after 9/11. From a certain perspective, it is all inclusive, yes.
A lot of discussion on this topic in a thread from yesterday — Commemorating a Major U.S. War Crime — http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2568320/posts