Most Wars Don't Get Named Until Years After the Fighting Is Done. Others, Like the Yom Kippur War, Are Different.

Unlike, say, “World War I,” the “Yom Kippur War” caught on from the start and never faded. Aside from its naturalness, it has an associational richness that no other names could match.

Egyptian military trucks cross a bridge laid over the Suez Canal on October 7, 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. CIA via Wikipedia.

Egyptian military trucks cross a bridge laid over the Suez Canal on October 7, 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. CIA via Wikipedia.

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Oct. 3 2019
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