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2007-04-16 07:55:00 AM
You can't fight a "war" against an abstract concept!

The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the War on Crime, the War on Poverty, the War on Racism...

ENOUGH!
 
2007-04-16 07:57:26 AM
FlyingPig: The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the War on Crime, the War on Poverty, the War on Racism...

Brits may have bad teeth and bad food, but they have common sense.
 
2007-04-16 07:58:38 AM
Its not even a concept. Its a tactic.
 
2007-04-16 08:00:35 AM
I say we declare war on all these "War on ..." phrases
 
2007-04-16 08:06:02 AM
Now if they could only just ban the phrase 'Going on a jolly' I'd be happy.
 
2007-04-16 08:11:01 AM
"In the UK, we do not use the phrase 'War on Terror' because we can't win by military means alone, and because this isn't us against one organised enemy with a clear identity and a coherent set of objectives."

6 years late, but we finally worked it out.
 
2007-04-16 08:15:43 AM
'bout f*cking time. Maybe Hooter McSh*tkicker will follow suit. I doubt it, though.
 
2007-04-16 08:18:31 AM
yup, that's gonna solve it. The long nightmare has ended.
 
2007-04-16 08:27:53 AM
Eh, it was a stupid phrase to begin with, and the only one's who use it seriously now are the simpletons who still think this war was a good idea and the talking heads on TV.

'Course it doesn't change a damned thing, but at least more folks are starting to come to their senses.
 
2007-04-16 08:31:11 AM
How can I say this eloquently...whoop-de-friggin'-doo.
 
2007-04-16 08:32:40 AM
Pale_Green_Pants_With_Nobody_Inside_Them: yup, that's gonna solve it. The long nightmare has ended.

If our new Prime Minister can refrain from joining the misguided crusades of your leadership then, for us, very possibly.
 
2007-04-16 08:52:00 AM
Then what are they going to call it?

/I know... how about a complete farking waste of time and money and resources, not to mention the countless lives of multiple nationalities wrecked to sh*t as a result...

War on Terror indeed.
 
2007-04-16 09:01:45 AM
FarkinNortherner: If our new Prime Minister can refrain from joining the misguided crusades of your leadership then, for us, very possibly.

And how is this feel-good measure going to accomplish that?
 
2007-04-16 09:05:09 AM
Pale_Green_Pants_With_Nobody_Inside_Them: And how is this feel-good measure going to accomplish that?

Didn't he just explain with his previous post?
 
2007-04-16 09:06:14 AM
Cormee: Didn't he just explain with his previous post?

No, he didn't. He was speaking off topic. He made no mention of this initiative.
 
2007-04-16 09:13:25 AM
FlyingPig: You can't fight a "war" against an abstract concept!

At least you didn't make the mistake of saying "you can't fight a war against a noun".

I've seen that many times and always enjoy a chuckle.
 
2007-04-16 09:16:49 AM
clifton: "you can't fight a war against a noun".

I think we should have a war on pro-nouns. I farking hate them.
 
2007-04-16 09:18:53 AM
Pale_Green_Pants_With_Nobody_Inside_Them: And how is this feel-good measure going to accomplish that?

On its own this will accomplish little. However, if, as it appears to, it represents a shift in governmental attitude to the notion of 'War on Terror' then the pending change in leadership may well come with a more substantial move away from the special relationship.
 
2007-04-16 09:23:20 AM
Pale_Green_Pants_With_Nobody_Inside_Them: I think we should have a war on pro-nouns. I farking hate them.

Dangling participles. The name itself makes me cringe.
 
2007-04-16 09:27:53 AM
FarkinNortherner: On its own this will accomplish little. However, if, as it appears to, it represents a shift in governmental attitude to the notion of 'War on Terror' then the pending change in leadership may well come with a more substantial move away from the special relationship.

Could be. But this smacks of a political move to appease the masses.
 
2007-04-16 09:38:59 AM
tis a nice start, but you should really start rolling back all the way until you change the Department of War to the Department of Defense.

That truly is what started the entrenched idiocy some today call heroic.

Wars are supposed to be full on to the last man standing, WW 2 style.

Piddly ass interventions that fatten certain peoples wallets are not war, nor are they particularly steeped in glory or valour.
 
2007-04-16 09:57:00 AM
Eat More Possum: Brits may have bad teeth and bad food, but they have common sense.

I bet most of those who complain about The War on Terror never stop to consider how easily the US won The War on Common Sense.
 
2007-04-16 09:58:28 AM
And stripes on fat people. Ban them too.
 
2007-04-16 01:35:59 PM
Good. Now they can call it "The War on Muslim Terrorists."
 
2007-04-16 01:37:19 PM
The brits banning the term "the war on terror" has gone the way of them shooting back when being taken hostage... too soon?
 
2007-04-16 01:38:28 PM
America can't ban that phrase, because Congress never passed an Act of War. There is no "war" in Iraq, it's an invasion and occupation, but Bush needs to be able to repeat "war on terror" at every opportunity to help his citizens justify the lives being lost there.
 
2007-04-16 01:38:34 PM
I hope they replace it with "The War Against Terror"
 
2007-04-16 01:38:48 PM
The idea being, of course, that if you don't say it, it doesn't exist.

Brilliant logic, Britain. Just Brill.
 
2007-04-16 01:38:48 PM
More like "War to Spread Terror"
 
2007-04-16 01:40:05 PM
h3lx: Then what are they going to call it?

A "Police action on Terror"
 
2007-04-16 01:40:08 PM
But how will they malign people who disagree with them? They need a catch phrase for everything.

"Why don't you support *catch phrase*? Clearly you hate *insert your country here*."
 
2007-04-16 01:41:14 PM
Pale_Green_Pants_With_Nobody_Inside_Them

clifton: "you can't fight a war against a noun".

I think we should have a war on pro-nouns. I farking hate them.


The pronouns aren't the problem.

The amateur and guerilla nouns are the problem.
 
2007-04-16 01:41:18 PM
What s shame, there's no more TWAT in Britain.
 
2007-04-16 01:41:29 PM
That's a great idea. Now we're free to wage a new war. We can call it the war on Islam.
 
2007-04-16 01:42:00 PM
packrattitude: America can't ban that phrase, because Congress never passed an Act of War. There is no "war" in Iraq, it's an invasion and occupation, but Bush needs to be able to repeat "war on terror" at every opportunity to help his citizens justify the lives being lost there.

They passed no declaration of war but they did authorize the use of any means necessary including military action.
 
2007-04-16 01:42:15 PM
How exactly is this a ban?

Doesn't a "ban" usually involve prohibiting others from doing something? It seems to me that this is merely the British government saying that it is choosing not to use this phrase, rather than prohibiting everybody from using it.

Just seems kind of sensationalist to call something a "ban" when it isn't.
 
2007-04-16 01:42:23 PM
But it's the global struggle against extremism!
 
2007-04-16 01:43:34 PM
I know, lets just call it 'law enforcement' and STFU!
 
2007-04-16 01:43:38 PM
Doc Daneeka: Just seems kind of sensationalist to call something a "ban" when it isn't.

What? Mass media sensationalist? Surely, you jest.
 
2007-04-16 01:43:38 PM
Now is going to be known as T.W.A.T.

The War Against Terror
 
2007-04-16 01:43:43 PM
> I think we should have a war on pro-nouns. I farking hate them.

You're gonna have to try harder than that, Bunky.
 
2007-04-16 01:44:47 PM
Everyone knows if you don't talk about something it goes away on its own and soon.
 
2007-04-16 01:44:57 PM
The public now laughs when they hear it; so they have to stop using it.
 
2007-04-16 01:44:57 PM
what about the "War on Terra"
 
2007-04-16 01:44:59 PM
NotSubby: That's a great idea. Now we're free to wage a new war. We can call it the war on Islam.

I was thinking "The War on Political Correctness" could be next...
 
2007-04-16 01:45:06 PM
I'm starting a war for peace.

\It's...
 
2007-04-16 01:45:17 PM
Can we still declare war on high prices?
 
2007-04-16 01:45:28 PM
In fact, they'll arrest you if you even say the abbreviation.

So when in Britain, don't say "WoT?" or you'll go to the pokey.
 
2007-04-16 01:47:27 PM
War On Stuff That Irritates The USA Government.

That should cover all future "wars" as well.
 
2007-04-16 01:47:30 PM
I declare war on anyone who doesn't agree with me. On everything. Right now.

War.
 
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