...have there been total wars since WW2? ...in Korea and Vietnam, the US was restricted ... I would say the Iran-Iraq war was total war ...were the Arab-Israeli wars total? I have never heard of long term/major attacks on industries/etc...Israel was never ''allowed''/ operated to really destroy the Arab countries.....? ..most wars are not total and are constrained/restricted.......the objectives are restricted/restrictive/not ''total''...? to·tal war noun a war that is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the laws of war are disregarded.