Why oh why do we start wars against inanimate objects and abstract nouns?

Further to Liberal Conspiracy‘s post on the need to decriminalise drugs, occasional commenter Richard W directed me towards this graph.

File:US incarceration timeline.gif

The much shorter War on Terror doesn’t seem to be producing much less human misery.

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There are also times when our two unwinnable wars meet, poppy production in Afghanistan for instance.


I declare a meta-War on The War Against Inanimate Objects and Abstract Nouns!