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Ending a war isn’t the same as winning it

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21.10.2019

Japan’s rugby dream finally ended on Sunday. The Brave Blossoms lost to South Africa in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. “I take my hat off to the team. We’re really proud of what we have achieved,” said Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph, and so is everybody else in Japan.

Compared to baseball or soccer, rugby has never been a popular sport in Japan. For the past month since the World Cup opened on Sept. 20, however, millions of Japanese sports fans have converted to rugby. Although overpowered by South Africa, Japan performed well with its high-intensity running style of rugby.

Having said that, while watching this past Sunday’s historic match live on TV, I was contemplating something different. When a commentator said that Japan’s battle for the world cup was over, I thought no, the battle didn’t end. No matter how well the Japan team had fought, it lost the battle. Isn’t that the reality?

In a recent Washington Post column, U.S. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said, “As neo-isolationism rears its head on both the left and the right, we can expect to hear more talk of ‘endless wars.’ But rhetoric cannot change the fact that wars do not just end; wars are won or lost.”

The Senate majority leader from Kentucky eloquently criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull out of Syria to “end the endless war.” I interpreted this as saying that “ending the war in Syria should not be an objective because you are losing, not winning, the war by trying to end it.” Isn’t that the reality as well?

A similar rhetoric is........

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