I was reading the Akron Beacon Journal today and found a letter to the editor about the war in Iraq, essentially saying that "killing doesn't oslve anything"--OK, well it wasn't 'essentially' said, it was said straight out. To paraphrase Ann Coulter, war has ended slavery, fascism, and communism, but other than that it has a limited repetoire.
War is a horrible thing. No one wants to go to war (unless they're derranged, like Hitler or Saddam, and think they can destroy the best fighting force in the world. Heh.). But sometimes it's necessary to protect yourself, your country, and your way of life. The church was Just War Theory for a reason. And if slavery, fascism, communism, and terrorism aren't good reasons to fight a war, then I don't know what is. Unless you think that dictators like Hitler and Saddam and Stalin, et al., would've just 'gone away' or been 'reasoned with'. Killing may not be fun, or desirable, or even allowable in all circumstances, but let's give credit where credit is due. This letter writer wouldn't even be able to write this letter if it wasn't for the freedoms gained by war.