Civil?

Civil war.

Why do they call it civil war?

It us not that there is anything civil about any war, especially a civil war.

I can imagine something like this:

“Excuse me, old chap, but I’m afraid I have to shoot you.”

“No problem old boy, unless I get you first.

“Well it’s back to the trenches, toodle pip.”

It never happened like that. What we imagine as an age of chivalry with knights carrying a ladies favour into battle on their lances is very mush a fiction made up in Hollywood. War is nasty, war is bad, just occasionally war can be the least bad of a number of bad options, and only then when everything has been attempted to prevent a war. And even then war is a very bad thing indeed.

As for civil war – we need a new word to describe it.

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