general war

general war

Armed conflict between major powers in which the total resources of the belligerents are employed, and the national survival of a major belligerent is in jeopardy.
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The embarkation, or shipment of my progenitors, whichever may be the proper expression, occurred in the height of the last general war, and, for a novelty, it occurred in an English ship.
Korea was the first war fought by the newly established US Air Force, whose leaders had prepared to fight a general war in which they would destroy the enemy's warmaking potential through strategic bombing.
A general war against states that continue to harbor or support terrorists of global reach.
The Harrier pilots could have dropped their bombs and if it had been a general war operation they might have released the weapons.
This man should be placed on trial for extending a limited operation into a general war without Cabinet approval.
During the war the Caribbean colonies, as they then were, had raised impressive sums of money: almost pounds 1 million to the United Kingdom for general war purposes, pounds 3 million in interest free loans, and half a million pounds each to various war charities and the purchase of aircraft.
Dagan said an attack might not eliminate all of Iran's nuclear installations and might spark a general war that would include missiles being fired by Iran at Israel.
led air strikes (on Afghanistan) are against the terrorists and different from general war,'' Beate Sirota Gordon, who was involved in drafting the Constitution's civil rights section, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo.
The armed forces would face severe difficulties in reactivating their "mothballed" equipment in the event of a general war, the Whitehall spending watchdog warned today.
Paul Chamberlin, a former naval attache to South Korea, told Al Jazeera: "If it becomes clear this was an attack from North Korea, a major escalation that would lead to general war is very unlikely.
In recent years the emphasis has switched from general war to peace keeping and the Staffords have had their fair share of the latter, where they have established a reputation for being firm but fair.