People in the United States have always recognized this, but for our purposes the idea of talking war is much more complex. In the United Nations it has long been thought necessary to address the idea that warfare is not necessary for peace.
There have been attempts to do that, primarily the United Nations Security Council Report of 1977 (and its sequel). While they did not really attempt to argue that war has no intrinsic worth, they did argue that war must indeed be mentioned when talking about international relations. While they themselves regarded war to be a legitimate measure for deciding issues such as territory, security, and economic development, they did not necessarily support the usage of the word in the general sense. This is largely due to the belief that the term should only be used judiciously and in the sense that we would use it in the military.
The US Department of State adopted this attitude, in its report, from 1980, at the General Assembly. It does not believe that an official UN resolution is the best place to ask, when talking about issues of peace, war and terrorism in general. This is the reason that the word is frequently used as a tool for political arguments.
The term has been used since at least WWI. Nowadays almost all wars have been considered by many people as necessary, and the use of military terms is highly correlated with popularity. However, with the onset of the internet in the early 1990s, there has been a huge influx of books about conflict from both sides of both sides.
From this perspective, the word “war” itself has developed into a popular choice for people with varying political views. In the past, it was common for the person doing the speaking to be someone from a different ideological persuasion.
This had the effect of making the words spoken as neutral, while actually conveying a more opinionated viewpoint. The way words were usually used varied from author to author, and it was usually used in an inarticulate manner. Today, it’s even more common for people with no formal or professional training in conflict.
This has helped create a “War Is Wasting Time” culture amongst many people, but it can also create a problem when one group finds itself in conflict with another group. The more you fight for, the more you’ll lose. This isn’t hard to grasp.