My general rule of thumb is that there are no things important enough to go to war over, other than stopping a war someone else has started.
I cannot readily think of a scenario in which a war yields a better result than alternatives like diplomacy and trade.
But of course, some day somewhere, somehow, some regime will be committing such atrocities that a war could be a better alternative, rendering my rule of thumb useless. Before entering though, you had better make sure that you can win this war without creating more misery than you come to end.
War,after all, creates so much misery that I would rather err on the side of caution.
Not many things. It’s certainly nothing we should ever enter into lightly. I do not agree with premptive wars ( wars which we start because someone else MIGHT be getting ready to attack us ). One of the few circumstances in which I feel war to be justified is an unprovoked attack on either the people or the property of the US. Perhaps in defense of an ally would be justified, but they response should be very measured.
@MilkyWay If your country and the citizen’s lives are being seriously threatened. That’s really the only reason we should be fighting/killing other people in war. If you put enough effort into it, you could find a reason to go to war over anything and it’s ridiculous. There is only one legitimate thing to go to such lengths to defend and that’s the lives of human beings. Like I said, war is never acceptable in my book. But sometimes it is, in fact, necessary.