Those that proclaim their pacificism and declare those that do not share it warmongers, militarist, murderers...are of the same ilk as isolationists and anti-immigrants...we have ours, you can't have yours.
Suicide bombers are given a pass...they have no other means to deliver their bombs...unfortunately they have other targets but choose innocents instead. They are true murderers whatever excuse some may have for supporting them.
The claim that war is indiscriminate and more innocents get killed than combatants ignores several millennium of human war. The fact that more civilians have died in the last 100 years than combatants doesn't change, in fact adds to, the need for war.
I have dealt with pacificists for the last 20 years of my adult life. I served in the military out of a sense of moral obligation in addition to the benefits it conferred upon me. When I served, 1977 to 1981, military service in this country was very much out of favor. When I finished and attended college 5 years later, I found many people willing to enjoy the benefits that war had brought them, but unwilling to support the concept that it might be necessary again some day. That day did not long delay in coming.
The pacificist seeks to claim a high moral ground. Unfortunately, that high ground is defended by us warmongers, us militarists.... Once I asked, if someone were to attack you with a knife, would you not defend yourself? NO. If someone were to attack your wife with a knife, would you not defend her? NO. If someone were to attack your child with a knife, would you not defend it? NO. Coward. COWARD. You do not stand on any moral high ground...you justify your cowardice as honoring life, yet you would stand by and watch it destroyed.
That is the problem with pacificism....your position encourages more death, more destruction. If a murderer knows you will stand by and allow them to kill, they can ignore you and focus on their destruction. Do you think they will stop, and seeing your stance, realize their folly? No. They will kill and then laugh as they wipe the blood of your loved ones in your clothing and walk away.
The soldier is always blamed by the coward for his lack of perfection in killing. The soldier can not defend himself from the charge of killer. He/She knows they are killers. They must live with that all their days.
The coward, the pacificist, can praise his position as morally superior, but it is repugnant. Cowards...
Pacificists, like those that excuse the suicide bomber, do not prevent war, they encourage it...and the sooner we warmongers, we militarists, acknowledge that we kill, the sooner we can stand and blame war on those most encouraging war...the pacificists...