So said Flavius Vegetius Renatus.
Often (too often) in my vast travels I come across a particularly optimistic and shallow collection of words printed on a narrow and long length of whatever material bumper stickers entail affixed to some automobile or another. These words vary but the overall message remains the same and I'll cast my minds eye back a few decades for a particularly famous anecdote to define them: Make Love Not War. In essence these bumper stickers and the ideology that buoys them assure us that violent conflict and the blood it spills could meet it's demise if we'd all simply think along the Utopian ideology emblazoned on a Saab or Subaru or Dodge bumper:
If society would simply evolve to understand and embrace equation X (take your pick of social frameworks starting from Marx, perhaps) mass conflict would simply be a thing of the past. If society would simply move to the day that various "unsavory" elements such as religion, firearms and inequality were archaic terms snickered at behind the hands of the contemporary scholars the world would collectively toss their arms around each other and war would flutter off into the setting sun like an unsatisfied vulture in search of it's next meal.
The Utopian ideal ignores the reality of the human condition. We are, physiologically, prone to advancing our own interests beyond and without regard to the interests of others. Like any other sentient being on the planet the human animal operates within much the same operation of existence.
Without delving into a deep and boring (as though this isn't boring enough) discussion of the human species proclivity for hierarchy allow me to conclude:
The feel good message of "War is not the Answer" ignores the very principles that have delivered much of human kind into the comfortable reality of present day. War or, more specifically, victory was the answer.
The message of global peace is fallacy because it entails an unrealistic vision that social evolution will somehow transcend or even obscure the realities of the real human condition. It assures that war is an aberration, peace is the norm when everything about the human species suggests otherwise. A stark example of the occasionally vast discrepancy between ideology and reality.
(Inspired by the Sake White post: The Foundation of Leftist Beliefs)