It is the season of peace and goodwill, and I hope that you are happily spending Advent (for old calendarists) or the Nativity festal season (for new calendarists) with friends and family.
You may wish to read William Lind’s “Why Conservatives Hate War” from The American Conservative. Aside from the sunny picture of Cincinnati’s favorite son Robert A. Taft, Lind’s article presents a short, common sense explanation of why “true” conservatives hate war. War disrupts cultural continuity. It provides “crises” that power hungry politicians won’t let “go to waste.” It increases public debt and state power. It fosters centralization. It empowers the military industrial complex, which makes future wars more probable—why let all our expensive gadgets go to waste? War is sometimes necessary and sometimes justified, but it always levies a significant social cost beyond the immediate blood spilt and treasure spent. War has played the midwife for most of modernity’s horrors.