The way that you use the word war is powerful but it can also be use in many other way that are wise also in Ecclesiastes 1.8 you will see there is a time for war. [/QUOT
That is precisely why we should always carry a big stick. Just not always be so willing to wield it.
A big stick is not scary if never used.
You also have to look at the big picture each spot of contention in the world is not separate they may look like individual trees to use but they are a forest that needs to be managed. If a limb of a tree gets rotten and falls on your head your knee jerk reaction maybe to cut down that tree because it is rotten. But if you look at the trees around it and find the one that has the "tree borer" and is completely dead cut it down and then treat the first tree you will have more live trees.
This analogy is the same as in the mid east. The unstablizing force of one will effect the others. If we would not have put up the big stick in Iraq, Afghanistan could have been more easly fixed and the others would have say mostly dormant. But we pulled most of the collision out of Iraq and trying to treat the infection in Afghanistan. The diseased keeps reinfecting from other sides now because they say you are not going to use that big stick we know.
I also see USA as a forest which can be infected from other forest thousands of miles away by the winds, birds or other methods. We have a pandemic of terrorist. To keep from being infected we have to help the others that are infected to get well.