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7 Strangest Wars

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posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 08:29 PM
The Anglo-Zanzibar War: the shortest war in history, only 40 minutes long

Fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on 27 August 1896, the conflict lasted approximately 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history. The immediate cause of the war was the death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini and the subsequent succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash. The British authorities preferred Hamud bin Muhammed as Sultan. In accordance with a treaty signed in 1886, a condition for accession to the sultancy was that the candidate obtain the permission of the British Consul, and Khalid had not fulfilled this requirement. The British considered this a casus belli and sent an ultimatum to Khalid demanding that he order his forces to stand down and leave the palace. In response, Khalid called up his palace guard and barricaded himself inside the palace.

The ultimatum expired at 09:00 on 27 August, by which time the British had gathered three cruisers, two gunships, 150 marines and sailors and 900 Zanzibaris in the harbour area. A bombardment which was opened at 09:02 set the palace on fire and disabled the defending artillery. The flag at the palace was shot down and fire ceased at 09:40. The Sultan's forces sustained roughly 500 casualties, while only one British sailor was injured.

The Pig War: triggered by the shooting of a pig

The Pig War was a confrontation in 1859 between American and British authorities over the boundary between the United States and British North America. The specific area in dispute was the San Juan Islands, which lie between Vancouver Island and the North American mainland. The Pig War, so called because it was triggered by the shooting of a pig, is also called the Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War, the San Juan Boundary Dispute or the Northwestern Boundary Dispute. The pig was the only "casualty" of the war, making the conflict essentially bloodless.

Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War: lasted over 335 years with no casualties

The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War (1651–1986) was a war between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly (located off the southwest coast of the United Kingdom). It is said to have been extended by the lack of a peace treaty for 335 years without a single shot being fired, which would make it one of the world's longest wars and the war with the fewest casualties. Despite the uncertain validity of the declaration of war, peace was finally declared in 1986.

Moldovan-Transdniestrian War: where both sides’ officers would drink together during the nights and fight during the days

After the Soviet Union collapsed, two-thirds of Moldova wanted closer ties with Romania and neighbors to the west. But the area of the country to the east of the Dniestr river wanted to stay close to Ukraine and Russia. War broke out, and the east split to form Transdniestria, which remains unrecognized by the world.

When Moldova and Transdniestria started fighting, it was a weird war. The local military called it the Drunken War, as officers of the combatants met every night to have a drink together. They went away in the morning and opened fire on each other. At night, they got together again to drink for those they had met with the previous night and who they had killed.

Emu War: how Australia lost a war against birds

The Emu War, also known as The Great Emu War, was a week-long military operation undertaken in Australia in November 1932 to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amuck in the Campion district of Western Australia. The emus were responding to a long, hot summer, which caused shortages of food and water. The "war" was conducted under the command of Major Meredith of the Royal Australian Artillery, commanding a force of soldiers armed with two Lewis machine guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition. But shooting blindly into a group of birds which can run up to 50 km/h (30 mph) did not brought the expected results. The birds simply ran away even after being hit by a machine gun round.

Over the course of a week or so, only a handful of the estimated 20,000 birds were actually killed. Major Meredith - the Australian commander in the "Emu war" - was astonished and famously compared the emus to Zulus. After a few days the Defence Minister ordered a withdrawal. And thus the "Emu War" ended in a military defeat for Australia.

The Football War: started with a football game

The Football War (La guerra del fútbol, in Spanish), also known as the 100-hours War, was a five-day war fought by El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. It was caused by political conflicts between Hondurans and Salvadorans, namely issues concerning immigration from El Salvador to Honduras. These existing tensions between the two countries coincided with the inflamed rioting during the second North American qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup; on 14 July 1969, the Salvadoran army launched an attack against Honduras. The Organization of American States negotiated a cease-fire which took effect on 20 July, with the Salvadoran troops withdrawn in early August. El Salvador ended up going to the 1970 FIFA World Cup1970 FIFA World Cup, where they failed to advance from the Group Stage.

War of 1812: caused by faulty telegraphic communications

Also called Mr. Madison's War, the War of 1812 was in many ways the strangest war in United States history. It could well be named the War of Faulty Communication. Two days before war was declared, the British government stated that it would repeal the laws which were the chief reason for fighting. If there had been telegraphic communication with Europe, the war might well have been avoided.

The chief United States complaint against the British was interference with shipping. But New England, the great shipping section of the United States, bitterly opposed the idea of going to war. The demand for war came chiefly from the West and South.

It is strange also that the war, fought for freedom of the seas, began with the invasion of Canada. In addition, the treaty of peace that ended the war settled none of the issues over which it had supposedly been fought. Finally, both sides claimed victory in the War of 1812, and it becomes clear that the whole struggle was a confused mass of contradictions.

All the above came from here : Source

posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 08:32 PM
thought this was interesting, and deserved a post in the NWO section. The reason ? look at the above wars and ( those who had actual man on man combat ) think to yourselves, how could things such as those be overlooked??


war was the goal. These strange wars do one thing, divide. Whether it be for some silly reason or a good reason ( and there never is ), these conflicts which led us to division could havea been avoided. I wonder if future generations will look back and call our current unfounded military exploits "strange wars".

posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 08:41 PM
reply to post by phi1618

Adds a whole new meaning to the word stupidity.

Well at least in my opinion.

posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 08:50 PM
reply to post by phi1618

Another fantastic thread!
It's always nice to see something new, interesting and captivating.
I hadn't heard of a few of these things, thank you for the insight.

ps. Your posts are simply awesome.


posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 10:53 PM
i post whatever i find online that pertains somehow to ats

yes indeed, stupidity

posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 11:09 PM
reply to post by phi1618

Thanks for that Phi, I found it overall interesting; many of them. Your correct regarding never a good reason; they are always by design, and a bluff at best between Elites.

The war You mentioned in Eastern Europe was amazing, and kind of scary. Those would be, or will be the same group of People the USA will be fighting should the World tensions escalate.

The opposing sides in that conflict apparently liked each other, and fought out of a sense of national pride, but they still drank together at the end of a hard day. Imagine this kind of mentality united, and fighting against anyone; I would want no part of that war.......well only if they were on my side....


[edit on 19-9-2009 by sanchoearlyjones]

posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 11:24 PM
reply to post by sanchoearlyjones

its just a good blueprint for future conflicts, wars will be forgotten like some of the ones above, and will happen again.

Same trigger, same fight, same agenda.

posted on Sep, 20 2009 @ 01:01 AM
[edit on 20-9-2009 by phi1618]

posted on Sep, 20 2009 @ 01:03 AM
World War 2 should be #1 on that list.

posted on Sep, 20 2009 @ 01:08 AM
reply to post by 21cdb

I know there are a bunch of false hoods that created WW 2 for the masses, but I would like to hear Your elaboration.......



posted on Sep, 20 2009 @ 01:13 AM

Originally posted by sanchoearlyjones
reply to post by 21cdb

I know there are a bunch of false hoods that created WW 2 for the masses, but I would like to hear Your elaboration.......



Simply put... The "Allies" (in this case the US and UK) are supposedly fighting for freedom and whatever excuse they came up with, buy joining forces with a regieme that made supposed crimes committed by Germany pale in comparison.

I mean, unless someone can explain why the US chose to side with a regieme that massacared millions upon millions before Hitler even got into power.....

Germany was a economic powerhouse. So Churchill, Roosevelt and their buddy Stalin got together to kill the competition.

[edit on 20-9-2009 by 21cdb]

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