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"What I mean to say, there is a war on," said Parsons. (1.5.51, Parsons)
Parsons is merely stating the obvious that there is a war going on in Oceania.
Suddenly the whole street was in commotion. There were yells of warning from all sides. People were shooting into the doorways like rabbits. A young woman leapt out of a doorway a little ahead of Winston, grabbed up a tiny child playing in a puddle, whipped her apron round it, and leapt back again, all in one movement. At the same instant a man in a concertina-like black suit, who had emerged from a side alley, ran towards Winston, pointing excitedly to the sky. "Steamer!" he yelled. "Look out, guv'nor! Bang over’ead! Lay down quick!" "Steamer" was a nickname which, for some reason, the proles applied to rocket bombs. (1.8.7-9)
The wars Oceania endures often create fear and destruction, though ultimately keep its constituents in check.