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I think that they are generally referred to as war pretext incidents: in July 1917, Duan used the incident as a pretext for declaring war on Germany. The anti-war movement must address the issue of the “pretext” and “justification” to wage war. Regarding the MH17 Malaysian airline crash, is the Obama administration in the process of “creating a ...
Countries are also said to be on or to go on "a war footing", that is, they are prepared or are preparing, financially, industrially, and socio-psychologically, for the eventuality of war. The very preparedness for war can lead to war : the military industrial complex can make billions from it, and a bellicose people is an impulsive people.
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