There is a state of war with Syria, Lebanon and of course, the Palestinians who are militarily occupied, the general misperception 'war' between Judaism and Islam. Public relations and diplomacy are also considered a 'war' albeit of words. Such a state of being poisons society in the long-term, by infecting the public consciousness with the diametrically opposed poles of win-lose/us-them, and obviates any thinking involving cooperation, compromise or empathy for "them" or "others." This is a dangerous and destructive road to travel. Much better is encouraging society to 'think outside the box' in a solution-oriented, cooperation-minded and inclusive efforts at creative thinking and problem-solving.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: Patriotism in the service of silencing dissent