I never used to dual White. Actually, I think when I was a kid, White was my least favored color out of the five. Now days when I find myself in draft or in limited I almost always take White. Honor the Pure, Serra Angel, the fliers, the control... it's just very good in a limited and draft format.
When I was a teenager however, I don't think I remember any overbearing overtones to the color war.
And some cards certainly suggested... a color war.