What is a Chicken Hawk?

Introduction Chickenhawk (chicken hawk or chicken-hawk) is a political term used in the United States to describe a person who is a war hawk yet actively avoids or avoided military service when of age. Generally, the implication is that chicken hawks lack the moral character to participate in war themselves, preferring to ask others to… Read More


What is a (War) Dove?

Introduction Doves, usually white in colour, are used in many settings as symbols of love, peace or as messengers. Doves appear in the symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Paganism, and of both military and pacifist groups. Paganism In ancient Mesopotamia, doves were prominent animal symbols of Inanna-Ishtar, the goddess of love, sexuality, and war.… Read More

What is a War Hawk?

Introduction A war hawk, or simply hawk, is a term used in politics for someone who favours war or continuing to escalate an existing conflict as opposed to other solutions. War hawks are the opposite of doves. The terms are derived by analogy with the birds of the same name: hawks are predators that attack… Read More