The term war refers to an actual situation of armed conflict between countries or any other parties. The war between conflicted parties is usually fought due to some political interests or wishes to dominate other party. The parties to the war may be countries or communities within the country. The war between the communities within the countries can be as disastrous as between the countries; one of the examples is American civil war fought from 1861 to 1865.
There is a huge difference between the perception of war and the real war. Perception is a kind of assumption of war and it is usually occurred in one’s mind when there is a probability of war between two communities or between two countries. In this stage parties to the war start their preparation for the armed clash and take all the precautionary steps to secure themselves and to make maximum harm to the opposite party.
While in the event of a real war a, series of violent armed clash starts between two parties. Parties to the war make every effort to defeat their opponents as soon as possible by causing the maximum destruction to them. Real war is devastating, many soldiers die and a lot of other things are also at stake. Fighting war is very expensive affair and whenever a war is fought everything related to the conflicted parties destroys. The party who is defeated losses everything but the winner also suffers major loss and it takes years to recover from the effects of a war. The world has faced many catastrophic wars till the date; countless people have been died fighting in these wars. Some one won and other lost but in every war humanity has been defeated.
Ambrose Bierce and Michael J. Cummings. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." 2007. cummingsstudyguides. 17 October 2011