Steve Gilliard says, with military history as evidence:
War is the last, worst solution.
An anonymous commenter agrees:
And not because it's some liberal, fuzzy, sentiment. Because it's true. It's true financially. It's true for a large number of reasons. The barb thrown at attorneys, all too frequently, is that the only winner in court, every time, are the lawyers. That's true. And here, the only winners are the people making and selling arms. Everyone else loses, some perhaps more than others. What a shitty way to determine the "victor". What a waste.
A twenty-year Alcoholics Anonymous member I know recently said something that applies to America and Israel: "As addicts, our solutions are worse than our problems."
The problem of Iraq and the supposed WMD, the problem of Hizbullah armed on the Lebanese-Israeli border, are not as bad as the solutions America and Israel chose: endless, crippling, expensive, futile war. In this case, America and Israel seem to be addicted to massive use of armaments without thought or planning for the future.
Ze'ev Sternhell in Ha'aretz seems to agree.
But if this is true, maybe the so-called problems are just the pretext for a bigger game.