I have learned that when you put facts into a discourse, those whose opinions are emotion and bias oriented get angry and leave the discussion. Many people have differing opinions regarding war and peace and how it it is resolved, regardless of their political party.
I fully believe that war is a remnant of the throwback past to man as warrior and woman as nurturer. Rules were minimal and disputes were resolved through death. War is an example of the base nature of man, the closest we come to our animal roots other than procreation and the satisfaction of hunger.
Every society that has evolved spiritually reaches for peace. The level of peace in a society is one measure of its rise toward humanity and away from its animal existence.
However, the world is at various stages of development from tribes to nations. The U.S. error has been applying our development stage to the minds and hearts of people not yet to that level of a world view. Thus we get mired in tribal conflicts and expect the people to be grateful when our values are not within their frame of reference - we are seen as the occupiers and aggressors regardless of our appearance of building free nations.
No one built our nation. The people within this nation (yes, outside forces did participate; but the people here were the nucleus) fought its wars to accomplish the political ends desired. While I believe I am fortunate to be born and raised in these United States; if this country had evolved differently, I might not even be here to wonder and have opinions.
Wars are fought for self interest: oil, resources, economic gain, political power, etc. The atrocities are many; and the destruction of a country's infrastructure and population is abhorrent. How anyone can favor war to settle international differences is beyond my comprehension. War is the last choice, not the first one. The Iraq war is a blight on the soul of the U.S in my estimation. That in no way diminishes the service and lives of those who followed the direction of their Commander in Chief as their patriotic duty. Even more I honor them. It is the lies and leadership that took us into that war that I abhor. Sometimes I feel the recession fell on this nation as a spiritual cloud for what we did to those people and that country.
Nuclear weapons are a danger to the world wherever they exist. I can understand lesser powers not wanting to be under the shadow of the countries who do have nuclear weapons. That should be the order of the day - finding a common, global ground to eliminate all nuclear weapons across the globe - all.
It is evident that differing peoples can work together in spite of religious and political differences when fairness is present. It is greed and fear that destroys collaboration and cooperation. It is building hate against one side or the other. We have a good example in the Rush Limbaughs and other voices of hate and venom who stir up the emotions of people and encourage them to hate each other based on color, race, religion and political differences. The world would be a better place if radio was like the 50's and such encouragements of violent thinking were not allowed.
I do not believe that the chaos in world order at present is the right time for a change in leadership in the U.S. We do need to create a better balance in the Congress so some work can get done. All the claims "against" the Obama Administration at the Republican Convention represented the obstruction by Republican Congressional representatives who would not pass the legislation to correct the problems, not even attempt to compromise. The last four years were purposefully orchestrated to keep the country in turmoil so the Republicans could run in and "rescue." The cost to the U.S. citizens and the world has been enormous. It's time to be a real patriot and do the people's business under a renewal of the Obama Administration with new cooperation and collaboration. Let the world see we will not go backward to appease the privileged few who have the money and power to buy political positions.