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Encyclopedia > The War

World War II is often referred to as The War, and before that World War I was often known by this moniker.

The War was also the nickname given by promoter Bob Arum to boxing's world Middleweight championship bout between world champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, who was himself the world's Jr. Middleweight champion.

Given the way in which both men had won their latest fights, the fight, held at the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 15 of 1985, built a quite interested media's attention and was seen in many countries around the world. In the United States and Puerto Rico, it was broadcast by HBO and WAPA-TV, for example.

Hagler won by a knockout in three rounds, but not without sustaining a dangerous cut first. The first round of this bout was considered by Ring Magazine as the greatest round in boxing history and Ring magazine also called this fight the most electrifying 8 minutes ever.

The War is also a 1994 film starring Elijah Wood as Stu Simmons and Kevin Costner as his father. It is a coming of age tale set in the American South after the Vietnam War.

Kevin Costner plays a shell-shocked Vietnam Veteran whose emotional issues prevent him from being able to hold down a job and cater for his impoverished family. Stu Simmons (Elijah Wood), his sister and their friends while the summer away building a tree house, and learn their own lessons about war and peace in a conflict with a neighboring gang of kids that seek to destroy what they have built. The film gained Wood a young actor's award.

The movie was produced by Island World, and distributed by Universal Pictures, United International Pictures, and Argentina Video Home. Eric Eisner executive produced.

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War Resisters League (104 words)
You are invited to join an emerging network of organizations and individuals committed to dismantling the war economy and developing an economy of peace that prioritizes people over profits.
We seek to motivate and empower a broad-based movement to educate, agitate and organize against the military industrial complex through creative, nonviolent and democratic means.
Believing war to be a crime against humanity,
War, in its juridical sense, is a contention carried on by force of arms between sovereign states, or communities having in this regard the right of states.
The right of war is the right of a sovereign state to wage a contention at arms against another, and is in its analysis an instance of the general moral power of coercion, i.e.
The source of the right of war is the natural law which confers upon states, as upon individuals, the moral powers or rights which are the necessary means to the essential purpose set by the natural law for the individual and the State to accomplish.
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