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Legalising drugs would be “an historic mistake,” UN report says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2559

War as metaphor

War has become a popular but unfortunate metaphor and euphemism for
society’s social failures. The “wars” on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all
been lost, and the war on terrorism seems endless. Since war connotes conflict,
violence, and death, we should dispense with this malevolent metaphor, and
instead find beneficent metaphors that are more conducive to peace and
health. Words have power and meaning, and they should be chosen carefully.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

01 July 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA