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Types of Wars


The following is a listing of the types of wars waged by various nations.

  • Civil war - It is a type of conflict that involves factions of the same nation or group. Its objective is the separation or seizure of power. We cite, for example, the War of Rags, the American Civil War, and the Spanish Civil War.
  • Diplomatic war - Political confrontation that has as the "ideal" state of war, that is, a war where diplomacy or understanding prevails among peoples, strategy and rational understanding, with no emotional or moralistic inspiration. Generally found in international systems conducive to the balance of power, according to Napoleon I, "… armed wars are born when diplomatic wars die…"
  • War for revenge - is characterized by understanding an entire nation with the goal of winning a war emotionally and psychologically, involved in an unreasonable goal. It arises from the confrontation itself, generated from often historical or sociological disputes. It involves the whole of warlike, ideological, commercial efforts, and necessarily includes cultural, historical and anthropological issues arising from the previous political dispute and necessarily from a leader constituted for such purpose who embodies such an aggressive spirit of a historically offended people. We cite Adolf Hitler's national Labor Germany, Italy and Japan, nations of the so-called Axis, of the same political focus, by Benito Mussolini, who wanted to transform the world during World War II.
  • Condom War - occurs when a nation, being under threat from another, finds no alternative but to take the initiative of confrontation, doing so as a form of defense. They are considered "legal," according to the United Nations (1948) or League of Nations (1918).
  • War of departure or attack - The nation aggressively anticipates confrontation by the disturbing and effervescent conflict of the masses, without evidence consistent enough to justify it. Eg: invasion of Iraq, which culminated in the fall and death of Saddam Hussein.
  • Power of Attorney or Doctrine - Nations confront each other indirectly, financing conflicts and subverting the popular masses, the results of which concern their interests. Eg, when the United States of America financed Greece against the advance of communism.
  • Cold War - Nations fight through arms and technology race, espionage; indirect and subversive conflicts with espionage, always avoiding direct confrontation, since it would unleash a situation over which the confronting nations would have no control over the Nuclear or Atomic War, thus evidently generating the end of humanity. Ex. United States of America X Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1960 to 1984.
  • Nuclear war - Type of war also known as "terrorism - stressful", in which world - wide rockets are used to cause total and irreversible destruction in the opponent. There has never been such a war in reality, but the threat of imminent terror has always existed, which has in fact and lawfully inspired the US-USSR Cold War. At the time, the first strategy suggested was "Guaranteed Mutual Destruction." It said that if one side attacked, the other would retaliate, having only won. Another tactic proposed by the US: ultimately, preemptively attacking some strategic points of the enemy, in order to neutralize a possible nuclear reaction of the enemy. This would be known as the "Nuclear Use Target Strategy."
  • Biological warfare - Its war tactic is the use of harmful biological agents (viruses, bacteria, diseases, etc.).
  • Chemical warfare - This war strategy was first used during the first world confrontation from 1914 to 1918 and involved the use of chemical artifacts such as poisonous gases such as mustard, poisons or of moral effect like napalm.
  • Commercial or Economic War - involves the use of mechanisms such as trade embargo and the imposition of customs barriers. Eg: Continental block promoted by Napoleon; embargo on South Africa during the Apartheid era, as well as the isolation of Cuba from 1960 (invasion of the Bay of Pigs to this day).
  • Subversive, espionage or guerrilla warfare - It is a type of unconventional war of direct confrontation, in which the main device is the secret concealment and mobility of the combatants, more aptly called "war or confrontation of guerrillas". We can cite as an example the FARC in Colombia and in modern urban wars against the various illegal trafficking that confront society and citizenship, trying to form a "Parallel State" in the exercise of power, also used by the political states that preach the religious ideological invasion.
  • Psychological or propaganda war - The people from either side are manipulated to get their support by the propaganda. Manipulation may occur through the transmission of false information or medical assistance, for example. It is psychological warfare, the maneuver in which the person concerned holds the loyalty of the people by supplying them precariously with their basic needs with no real intention of making solutions possible. Looking supportive and attentive, without losing focus on keeping people bound and faithful through fear, he ignores the fact that it is only about maintaining their survival misery. In this way the interested person keeps the people silent, passive, inoperative and gratified. Keeping them fearful of their future and ignorant of the culture and information of the truth, the interested party will have no opponent, "… A lie told several times, turns out to be true if you don't have the legal backing to deny it…" It is the guiding principle of the so-called psychological warfare.