When war happens, it happens when diplomacy and politics fail.
When you stop talking to the crazy man, then he is left with just the thoughts in his head.
This is the reason that we send lunatics to the mental institutions, you have to keep working on trying to reach even that tiniest amount of working brain cells.
The other choice is you ignore them and the voices in their heads that are telling them to kill take over.
It’s no different with world leaders. There are some crazy ones out there, and you have to keep talking to them.
When you stop talking to them they are free to do the craziest of things.
Diplomacy can be horrible. You may have to talk to people that you honestly detest.
That’s the job we pay and empower politicians and diplomats to do, and when they fail, wars happen.
Quite simply war is the purest form of diplomatic and political failure. A politician that leads a country to war or cannot find another route but all-out fighting has failed.
Failure happens, but that does not stop it from being a failure.
Many noble warriors and innocent bystanders get terribly hurt in war.
Heroes are not those who go to war, they are those who perform incredible acts to save others.
I’m not for a second postulating that it’s okay to let bad people do bad things, just that it takes political skill to force bad people to stop doing bad things without directly bombing them.
And in the face of popular dissent, still being able to force bad people to stand down takes political bravery and skill.