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  ::The Phoney War::
‘Phoney War’ is the name given to the period of time in World War Two from September 1939 to April 1940 when, after the blitzkrieg attack on Poland in September 1939, seemingly nothing happened.
During the Phoney War, Britain was also engaged in ‘bombing’ raids over Germany — but it was not bombs that were dropped but propaganda leaflets.
During the Phoney War, flout was rigidly enforced until it became obvious that problems on the roads had to be resolved.
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 Phoney War By John Pilger
This is for a low-level air war, American-planned and "advised", with Blackhawk helicopters, satellite surveillance and cluster bombs.
Justifying a frontal attack on the resistance presented difficulties for Washington until the War on Drugs replaced the Soviet Threat, and a new enemy was conjured: the "narco-guerrilla".
Because coca was grown by the poorest peasants as their sole means of survival, the guerrillas they supported were attacked, in a bogus "war on drugs" - while the drug cartels and their allies in the military were strengthened.
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The term 'phoney war' was coined by historians to describe the six month lull, between the declaration of war by the British government against Nazi Germany on September 3 1939, and the start of the real fighting.
A principal difference between the two wars is that the first ‘phoney war’ was the overture to one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has seen, culminating in the revelation in 1944 of the horrors of the concentration camps and the obscenities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 before final victory.
Such is the neurosis of the propaganda machine during a war that even one small enquiring journal had to be silenced, and converted to yet another cog in the disinformation machine.
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Shortly after Britain and France had declared war on Germany in September there was a lull in the fighting througout the fall and winter of 1939-1940.
Because of this lull, the war was referred to as the phoney war.
While the world was focusing on the lack of war by Germany, the Soviets decided to break a non-aggression pact they had signed earlier in the decade with Finland.
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 The Mavens' Word of the Day
Phoney is a British spelling; phony is the usual spelling in American English.
The term phony war refers to the relatively quiescent period in 1939 and 1940, after the fall of Poland and before the German attack on Norway and Denmark.
The term phony war is still used in contexts other than World War II: "A curious 'phoney war' atmosphere has pervaded Ulster during the past few days" (Daily Telegraph, 1972).
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 The Spectator.co.uk
The declaration of a ‘war against terror’ falsely implies a contest that can be waged principally through the deployment of conventional military might, which it cannot.
There should be no ‘war on international terror’, but rather campaigns tailored to address the nature of differing hostile groups which use terrorist means.
The ‘war on terror’ is a phrase cynically abused by President Bush to further his own re-election.
www.antiwar.com /spectator2/spec611.html   (1484 words)

 American Politics Journal -- Hard Rain
In the winter of 1939 and spring of 1940, the public were hungry for news of the "war".
It would be equally difficult to find anyone who would not express their sorrow and anguish at the human cost - but who would still say that it was worth it, when the prize was a world in which everyone could live in freedom.
But when you count the numbers of dead in wars that have been fought since 1945, the hard won freedom and prosperity was quite obviously unequally divided.
www.americanpolitics.com /20010927Gelken.html   (745 words)

 Phoney war in Colombia - John Pilger
Last May, the Washington Post disclosed that 200 American military personnel were playing key parts in the war against the guerrillas of Colombia's popular resistance, who occupy an area the size of Switzerland.
Because coca was grown by the poorest peasants as their sole means of survival, the guerrillas they supported were attacked, in a bogus "war on drugs" - while the drug cartels and their allies in the military were strengthened.
In that respect, it is simply globalisation at work, a war of the rich versus the poor.
www.converge.org.nz /pma/colphon.htm   (810 words)

 The Phoney War to the invasion of the low countries and France
The "Phoney War" to the end of the Invasion of the Low Countries and France
He was released right before the outbreak of war, and eventually would be killed in Yorkshire after a scramble from Air Base Church Fenton.
G-22 was shot down, the pilot survived to be a prisoner of war, G-19 was shot down too, and the plane and pilot are still missing, but G-31 escaped.
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 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Labour's phoney war
In the space of a couple of days, Alastair Campbell has managed to turn an argument about the way the government presented its case for war in Iraq into an entirely different dispute about the way the BBC covered what was going on in Whitehall at the time.
But that does not mean that one or two of these same officials were not occasionally confiding their doubts over a gin at the club the same night.
In the end, Britain went to war more because America was doing so than because the case for war was conclusively made.
www.guardian.co.uk /Iraq/Story/0,2763,986838,00.html   (810 words)

 The phoney war
Many Labour MPs believe that the war of words between the Government and the BBC diverted the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's inquiry - and the media coverage of it - away from the "real issue" of whether Iraq possessed WMD.
By persuading Tony Blair to allow him to give evidence to the MPs, Alastair Campbell, the director of strategy and communications, pictured, became the focus of the inquiry, and the dispute became the most serious between the BBC and a government.
The distinction was crucial, because while acting in self-defence to neutralise a threat or imposing the will of the UN could be declared legal, simply intervening to topple a foreign leader could not.
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 Phony War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Phony War (Phoney War in Britain), or in Winston Churchill's words the "Twilight War", was a phase in early World War II marked by few military operations in Continental Europe, in the months following the German invasion of Poland.
Although the great powers of Europe had declared war on one another, neither side had yet committed to launching a significant attack, thus there was relatively little fighting on the ground.
A notable event during the Phony War was the Winter War, which started with the Soviet Union's assault on Finland on November 30, 1939.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Phoney_War   (1087 words)

 'The Phoney War' is part of a series of 5 DVDs entitled 'The War Years'. Covering the 1939 - 45 period. The other 4 ...
In 'The Phoney War' we see Chamberlain's famous return to Britain with the infamous signed 'piece of paper' that was supposed to guarantee 'peace in our time'.
Also his somber radio address to Britain, declaring war on Germany after their invasion of Poland, and later his final resignation as Prime Minister.
Poland is invaded and Britain declares war, London evacuates it's children and the British Expeditionary force embarks for France.
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 Britain Prepares for War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
With the British people now knowing that their country was at war, and already hearing of the first blow being struck by Germany, was, as always trying to keep 'that stiff upper lip'.
This 'Phoney War' gave Britain the time needed to strengthen its military forces, and prepare the situation on the Home Front.....at the expense of Poland.
At this time, different people had many and varied views as to how the war would come, but for the first few months at least, just about everybody was allowed to go about their business as they had done in the many months beforehand.
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 Newsvine - The Phoney War
However, calling it a "Phoney War" is misleading in that it seems to say that there is no threat - that somehow Bush pulled the threat of radical islam on 9/11 out of thin air, when in reality, radical islamists had been hating and killing Americans in mass numbers since Beirut in 1983.
There is nothing phoney about this threat particularly as Iran speeds toward its ability to create a nuclear arsenal and share that with Hizbohallah, the very group that attacked the multinational barracks in Beirut in 1983.
Also, the GWOT cannot be won because it's impossible to war a war against an enemy that doesn't have a nation to defeat.
pameladrew.newsvine.com /_news/2006/09/12/359543-the-phoney-war   (1476 words)

 The phoney war   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Many Labour MPs believe that the war of words between the Government and the BBC diverted the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's inquiry - and the media coverage of it - away from the "real issue" of whether Iraq possessed WMD.
Before and after the war, ministers stressed the human rights abuses and tyrannical nature of the regime.
She was instrumental in briefing Labour MPs before the vote on war in March.
home.earthlink.net /~platter/articles/030708-grice.html   (2127 words)

It is a reference to the "Phoney War" that occurred in southern France in 1939.
There were no casualties in this "war." The "phoney war" went on for months from September 1939 to May 1940, while the world's newspaper headlines screamed of the invasion of Poland in the East.
The book is the documentary narrative of the wars leading to the establishment of the old world order based on oil in the 20th century, and the transition to the coming new world order based on Plutonium in the 21st century.
www.brojon.org /frontpage/bj100701.html   (1451 words)

 Rumours of War - Bloodthirsty Murderers Rumbled: Western bankers/industrialists/war profiteers and their political ...
In a war in which his own survival is unlikely (and already rumoured to be ill with cancer) Saddam Hussein has nothing to lose.
The Abu Ziads of the second Gulf war will be seen on al-Jazeera TV giving their heartbreaking testimony to a new generation of disaffected and dispossessed young Muslim men from Palestine, Indonesia, the Middle East and Africa.
He may, if the Iraqi war should go wrong, be obliged to perform the same high service for Bush, who allowed the American people to go unwarned about an imminent attack upon two of our cities as pre-emption of a planned military strike by the US against the Taliban.
www.bilderberg.org /boneswar.htm   (18510 words)

 Phoney war   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Iranians hardly admire Mr Hussein; one of the main Iraqi opposition groups, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution, is based in Iran, and may take part in a meeting of opposition groups to be held next week in Washington at the invitation of the American government.
At some point, Mr Hussein's attempts to win friends and influence people he once fought wars against must be weighed against the political and economic leverage Mr Bush can bring to bear when the time is ripe.
In a war intended to change a regime, America has to plan not just for military victory but also for a post-war order.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/726204/posts   (3042 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Phoney war movie
Mendes is as slick and meretricious here in Desert Storm as he was in the suburbs of American Beauty and among the reach-me-down neo-noir cliches of Road to Perdition, but I congratulate him for taking on his big-budget predecessors like a new fish in the jailhouse preemptively stomping the wing daddies.
No less green and wet were the recent second world war do-over movies like Saving Private Ryan, which let directors shed gallons of plasma that weren't permissible in the 1940s and 50s, and yet wave the flag as if John Wayne was still among us.
Typically, the first Iraq movie made during the Iraq war proper turns out to be about the other Iraq war, the one that lasted 100 hours and offered no battle time, no money-shot, for most of the troops expecting to fight in it.
film.guardian.co.uk /patterson/story/0,12830,1639618,00.html   (749 words)

 Day Of Defeat Network: #1 Fansite
Following the first Anglo-French Supreme War Council, convened under Chamberlain and Daladier on the 12th of September 1939, the following months are a period of the war named, by many historians, the Phoney War.
This is because many witness accounts at the time thought the war was not actually taking place, they believed that the state of war would have no impact on their lives, since nothing was actually happening.
There were, of course, small events such as heavy artillery duels on the western front and Hitler's call for Britain and France to surrender in a speech made at the Reichstag, but nothing outside this had major effect on the position in Europe.
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 Phoney War
Perhaps at first he did not know either, but as Poland succumbed and the declarations of war ceased to echo, the plans for the invasion of western and northern Europe were laid out, and the Wehrmacht prepared itself for Blitzkreig in the west.
We forget that war is bloody, and already we have forgotten the realities of nuclear war, although we are its only practitioners.
The "phoneyness" of the War in Iraq is the gap between these two views of Iran.
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 ThreatsWatch.Org: RapidRecon: The Phoney War Revisited
But I think it's important to point out that while the Phony War (the Germans called it sitzkrieg, "sitting war") occupied the armies in Europe, British and German naval forces were locked in deadly battle at sea.
The war in the Atlantic was very much real (anyone remember Prien's strike at Scapa Flow?).
But even extending the comparison that far may be also appropriate, as the full might (and will) of the US and her allies have yet to be engaged.
rapidrecon.threatswatch.org /2006/02/the-phoney-war-revisited   (248 words)

 TFF FEATURES - Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is for a low-level air war, American-planned and "advised", with Blackhawk helicopters, satellite surveillance and cluster bombs.
Justifying a frontal attack on the resistance presented difficulties for Washington until the War on Drugs replaced the Soviet Threat, and a new enemy was conjured: the "narco-guerrilla".
Violence is a constant, with more than 2,000 trade unionists assassinated, and thousands "disappeared" and killed by drug- trafficking paramilitaries who, like their counterparts in East Timor, are often indistinguishable from a military trained for civil repression - many in the US.
www.transnational.org /features/USColombia.html   (807 words)

 BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuba's phoney war   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The argument goes that a power-crazed President Bush, fresh from his conquest of Iraq, is trying to create a situation of chaos on this communist-led island, which he will later use as a justification for a military assault.
With a salsa band playing in the background, he talked, almost threateningly, about how he envisaged the war would be fought.
The threat of war here may be real, it may be phoney.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/americas/2974629.stm   (601 words)

 BUSH CONTINUES HIS PHONEY WAR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This phoney war is a series of US terrorist acts against a state and people, who had no WMD, no links to al-Qaeda, and no connection to the 9/11 attacks.
His re-election will be seen as an endorsement of the policy of a war criminal regime, and of more wars they plan..
After some 5,000 wars throughout human history, with ever more destructive weapons, we have steadily perfected the means to our end.
nuclearfree.lynx.co.nz /phoneywar.htm   (666 words)

 China Doll: O That Phoney War
When Tony Blair preached his “War on Values”, he was perfectly correct to state that “We will not win the battle against global extremism unless we win it at the level of values as much as force”.
But in the eyes of many, he is just as much an extremist as the people he is referring to.
Wars terrorize people to breed more hatred - they create terrorism.
www.hollymolly.net /ca/2006/08/o_that_phoney_w.php   (361 words)

 RUSI Phoney war and Blitzkrieg: The territorial army in 1939-1940
RUSI Phoney war and Blitzkrieg: The territorial army in 1939-1940
Phoney war and Blitzkrieg: The territorial army in 1939-1940
At the outbreak of war in 1939 the Regular army was augmented by Territorials
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