I have not thought this through, but clearly a whole lot of folks seem to be interested in a civil war but I haven't seen any really coherent discussions of what a civil war really is--I don't personally view violence perpetrated by one group against another as necessarily a civil war; clearly it could be a tactic as in the Algerian movement against France or the Mau Mau movement against Britain in Kenya. Is it a civil war if one group simply wants to force a group out of power? Did Rwanda have a civil war during 1993? What of the situation in the old Yugoslavia? And if there were an agreed upon definition, would that make any difference? (I am betting not). Just random musings.