There was an “anti-war” poster in the 1960’s that read: “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?”
On the long list of deeply stupid, Communist-approved, academically encouraged, hippie bullshit from the Vietnam era, this one really stands out for its full-frontal mental retardation. The point of the poster is that if nobody shows up to fight, you can’t have a war. Deep man, pass me the joint. The problem of course comes if you think about it even a little bit. What can it possibly mean that somebody “gave a war”? Doesn’t it mean that somebody has started fighting somebody. Somebody has invaded somebody else? Somebody has started shooting somebody else? Somebody has started bombing somebody else? That is, if somebody “(gives) a war” there will be other somebodies who don’t have the option to not come. They are already there. Being shot at. Being invaded
This is so obvious one wonders show much dope people had to smoke in the 60’s for that poster to become popular? “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?” The answer is simple: The invader wins. Ask ISIS. Ask Russia. But don’t ask Barack Obama or the U.S. State Department. Evidently they’re still rolling doobies in the dorm, talking deep talk.