Norm Geras is fed up with the "war" on drugs:
Doesn't Felipe Calderón - and the FT, for that matter - understand that you can't make war on a substance? Think about it - the war on chocolate, the war on cream cheese. Talking about a war on drugs also legitimizes drugs, suggests that drugs are a unity when in fact they are quite various, elevates those who purvey drugs from criminals into heroes, implies the use of purely military means in the... umm... contingency operation against drugs, and suggests that the rule of law can be suspended in the course of that operation. It's a terrible phrase.
And war on terror?