~ George Orwell
Obviously, the model for 21st century neo-colonialism is Afghanistan ~ America's current longest standing occupation and so-called 12 year war on terror. Claims that the US occupation will end in 2014 are most certainly refuted by obvious plans for an indefinite American military presence in Afghanistan.
The object of this perpetual war, as Orwell describes, is to keep a society or 'Our Way of Life' intact ~ The war in actuality is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society or the status quo intact.
War criminal Blair wearing Yarmulke
The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming perpetual and continuous ~ war has ceased to exist.
"I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war...suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own." ~ Phillip Caputo