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Anti-war is a name that is widely adopted by any social movement or person that seeks to end or oppose a future or current war. It can be considered somewhat of a loaded term, as anti-war activists are not always protesting against war per se (they may support one side over another, for example), nor are their opponents necessarily aggressively "pro war."

Anti-war thought has become a much more dominant factor in global politics during the last half of the 20th century. Public anti-war protests[?] have become a common outlet for anti-war feelings in recent years, often attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.

In practice, most of the largest anti-war movements have been orchestrated within the United States, often in opposition to wars led by the government of the United States. Anti-war sentiment in America reached a peak during the height of the Vietnam War and was rekindled to an extent in the weeks leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

See also: Pacifism, Peace movement

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