The notion of war is related to terms like combat , battle , fight , Fight or confrontation . In general, all these concepts are interchangeable and synonyms, although each one has a specific use that suits you better. For example, it is correct to talk about a "Combat between boxers", but not one "War between boxers".
War refers, in its most common use, to the armed struggle or war between two or more nations or sides . This implies the breaking of a state of peace , which gives way to a confrontation with all kinds of weapons and that usually generates a high number of deaths.
War can be classified in different ways according to its characteristics. A preventive war is the one that starts a nation on the grounds that another country will prepare to attack her. This type of initiative has been proposed by the former US president. George W. Bush in Iraq .
A civil war It is the one that involves the inhabitants of the same town or country. In these cases, there is no direct interference from other countries. For example: the confrontation between the guerrillas, the army and the paramilitaries in Colombia .
The Holy war It is one promoted for religious reasons. At present, certain Muslim groups are those who undertake violent actions framed in this context.
It is known as war dirty to actions carried out outside any legal or declared framework. An example of a dirty war was the fight against the Argentine guerrillas in the decade of '70 .
Finally, we can mention that war is also used as combat or opposition in the moral and psychological sense . There is even the concept of cold War , when two or more nations try to undermine the enemy political regime through economic influence, propaganda and espionage, but without direct violence.
War and peace
Vladimir Nabokov once said that when reading to Tolstoy, it was because he could not leave the book. And surely that is so; in fact, one of the most fabulous and incredible novels of all time is undoubtedly "War and Peace" by this author. An impressive treatise where they arise fundamental issues for life in society.
In this story, the Russian writer explores those philosophical problems that concern human beings from the origin of the world, related to love, good and evil.
One of the most chilling and unique images is surely when the protagonist, Andrei Bolkonski, is lying in the battlefield and while watching as Napoleon approaches him in the distance, he stares at the sky and tries to understand what exists behind his pain, which is the true mystery of existence. He says that Bonaparte, that man whom many fear him, seems to be a tiny being compared to the sky, where the clouds slide and so much life is wielded.
We can also find very deep reflections on the human capacity to love and how weak the line between love and hate. For example, at one point the author says that there is no truth more necessary and real than that of love and the ability to enjoy the small moments of life; and expresses below that the worst evils of life are remorse and disease, because there is little that can be done to overcome both.
On the other hand, it is a true history book which allows to know what the Napoleonic wars consisted of and what they left in the world. It is worth mentioning that Lev visited Borodino with the aim of knowing the subject for sure and properly plotting the battlefield he presented in the novel.
To finish it only remains to say that it is a perfect self help manual, which can help readers understand why they were born and for what and are aware that their own actions can be decisive for the future of the planet and humanity.