Phony War


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Phony War

 

a term widely used for the initial period of World War II, until May 1940, a period during which the governments of France and Great Britain waged no active ground combat operations on the Western Front, even though they had declared war on fascist Germany on Sept. 3, 1939. The Phony War was broken off by the fascist German offensive in the West.

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The German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 provoked Britain and France to declare war on Germany; however, the rescue of Poland was impossible, and their heavyweight combat with Germany did not commence for eight months, an interval known as "the Phony War." The uneasy quiet ended on 10 May 1940, when the Wehrmacht loosed its Blitzkrieg against British and French forces in Western Europe.
The book's introduction is a rather brilliant presentation of an engaging thesis: that the Phony War was not the earliest phase of a world war; rather it was a completely separate affair, over by May 1940.
In the phony war you have a got-up role designed solely to demonstrate your Prime Minister's lickspittle support for an American president.
Going back to 1939: the British spent the "phony war" feverishly preparing for conflict, while the French placed heavy reliance on the Maginot Line to protect them.
A phony war that the press, in shameless collusion with the military, exploits daily as newsy entertainment, a self-promoting concoction of fiction, fact, propaganda, and melodrama designed to keep the public tuned in, uninformed, distracted, convinced a real war is taking place.
A phony war because its stated objective--eradicating terrorism--is impossible and serves to mask unstated, alarmingly open-ended goals, a kind of fishing expedition that provides an opportunity for America to display its intimidating arsenal and test its allies' loyalty, license them to crush internal dissent.
In the phony war of 2001, there was no agreement on either point.
Presenter Nick Davies will argue for the Class A drug to be decriminalised in Drugs: The Phony War, to be shown in June.
(American thesps performed in English, and their voices are dubbed for French release.) The staging of phony war effects comes off OK, but results are several notches shy of techniques afoot in "Dog."
Yet it is only when the left proves able once again to offer France and Europe the project of a different society, one in which all power does not flow from above, that the phony war will be over and the real battle will begin.
Centuries before the phrase "Wag the Dog" entered the American vocabulary, an earlier American superpower perfected the use of politically convenient phony wars. Through the use of stage-managed, conspiratorial conflicts called "Flower Wars," the Aztecs became the dominant Meso-American military power, assembling an empire of tributary states.
The phony wars ended with Ireland's crushing of the USA and the Wallabies' 57-9 walk in the Ravenhill park over Romania last Sunday.