Being a philosophy and history major, I often find myself thinking about war. Despite the fact that it's such a complex topic, society likes to simplify war, dividing people into two distinct groups: pro-war advocates and absolute pacifists. However, doing this leaves no room for deep analysis of the subject.
I've come to the conclusion that the best philosophy when it comes to war is relative political pacifism, as espoused by writer Bertrand Russell. It basically asserts that most wars are not worth fighting; however, there may be rare occasions where it is warranted. HERE is a lengthy paper I wrote concerning the morality of war, focusing especially on Russell's ideas and the just war theory - it further develops my views on the topic.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about war in general?