Here's a substantial piece of Christmas reading for you... George
Lakoff's 1990/91 paper, Metaphor and War. It
was an early attempt at using the Internet (it was widely distributed
by email) to challenge conventional wisdom regarding "war"
- in this case the 1991 Gulf War.
He analyses various ways in which - whether we like it or not
- war gets metaphorically framed by "professionals"
and public alike. Including:
- War as a Competitive Game
- War as Medicine
- War as Violent Crime
- The Fairy Tale of the Just War