do you sincerely think it's at ALL possible that war is the pathway to peace? War is death and fear, power & control, influence & money. Peace is love & simplicity. Surrender & humility, compassion & empathy. Would you shoot an innocent person in cold blood based on 1 person's command? Is that honorable? War cannot and does NOT promote peace or even provide a stable ground to build a foundation for peace. War is endless, peace is eternal.
Our military is loyal and fierce and for every reason they should have honor, but they need to be honored, by the people they have helped to protect. They were following orders in a archaic system all the while knowing the most basic truth was to uphold the Constitution. The power of the people, the great masses of civilians to the few returning heros. The mighty battles reap these warriors meek rewards when they return to a country they barely recognize & barely recognizes them.
I think Einstein said in order to end war, every soldier would have to lay down their weapon and walk away from the battlefield. To me, that sounds like honor and not cowardice or forfeit. Big Al (I can call him that) also is quoted with somehting like "you cannot simultaneously prevent AND prepare - for WAR.