Metaphors work sometimes, but as Jeff Jacob explains in his recent Boston Globe piece, problems come "... from thinking of trade as metaphorical warfare — as an economic struggle pitting nation against nation."
Nations don't trade. People do.
As Jacoby aptly reminds us:
"By doing business together, traders create wealth and connections, knitting the world together in mutual interest, making the planet more harmonious.
"Trade war is an insidious term. The metaphor notwithstanding, trade isn’t war. It’s peace."
Read his article here...