I truly do not understand the acceptance as valid the "anti-war" position. By its superficial definition, what decent person isn't opposed to war and the tragedies it incurs?
Does being "anti-war" mean "anti-imperialism"? Again--what freedom loving person isn't against creating empires? Where does the "anti-war" person see an empire being created or perpetuated (and who is doing the creating and perpetuating)?
Does "anti-war" mean "pro-life" or "pro-Constitution"? What is more "pro-life" or "pro-Constitution" than carrying the torch of "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" to where its light is desired?
Does "anti-war" somehow mean "pro-military"? It actually means the opposite. Defending liberty from evil persons is as much a calling as any other noble profession and to say otherwise is to fully disrespect the definitions and God-given gifts of "vocation" and "freedom".
And to those who self-righteously place their "anti-war" belief into the same realm of being against murder: The commandment "Thou shall not kill" forbids the unjust taking of human life, be it in word or deed. God has given to civil government the authority to wage just war against those who truly murder in the manner that society calls unjust. The military is under the authority of civil government and thus empowered to punish with the sword those who are enemies of a just government and its people. To accuse a soldier of a just freedom-loving society to be a "murderer" is ignorant, selfish, a lie, arrogant, disrespectful of their Creator, or any combination of thereof.
Unfortunately there is nothing in the Christian faith that allows for a Christian people to stick their head in the sand, either on the world's battlefields defending one's neighbor and self against bullies and tyrants and villains, or on the spiritual battlefields for one's neighbor and self against the devil, sin, and death.
One day there will be no need of war or borders or courts or governments--all waged, ruled, or occupied by man within the confines of fallen, corrupted, and broken flesh. Until the Day of the Lord arrives--when sin, death, and devil are utterly eradicated from Creation--I will be forever against any person, group, or code fundamentally defined--politically or spiritually--as being "anti-war".