From the beginning, humanoids, possibly because of instinctual prompts, for a reason or no reason, have normalized killing fellow humans as a tactically sound method of achieving a satisfying result. Combative behavior is a day to day ordinary. Homo sapiens, the most dangerous of animals, have perfected and systemized the tools of butchery. No other animal on earth, explicitly, with evil intent designs the methods and dedicates the resources to kill members of its kith and kin either for material gain, envy, xenophobic misnomers, misplaced predispositions, or for reasons illogical even self-defeating.
Warring is a trait of humanness. For Ten Thousand years, humans have been killing humans. Warriors are glorified, eulogized, immortalized, and rewarded; the dead combatants respected and revered. Therefore, war is in a forever state of being.
Peace, defined as the opposite of war, is no more than an ideal. A wholesome supposition permanently affixed as a childish hopeful; therefore, to engender peace as a policy goal is dangerous, unrealistic, as well as nonsensical.
Accepting war as a constant trait of humankind is a requirement of utilitarian functionalism. The object of war-making is to tactically advance diplomacy by other means; the loss of blood and treasure, when measured in comparison to the purpose of combative engagement, is a secondary consideration.
America mourns the death of the nation’s warriors; nevertheless, “Sending our boys home,” is wishful, naive, and strategically suicidal. The worldwide distribution of U.S. Forces has, with notable exceptions, safeguarded the free world from destructive bad guys.
A Roman General Vegetius once summed up war as a conspicuous human challenge; nonetheless, suggested that: “if you want peace, prepare for war.”