Sure, one can argue if you attack our country - "THE GOOD OL' US of A" we should strike back - and strike back with a vengeance! However, when it comes to anything outside of that - should we REALLY get involved. Besides, the ones that are making the decisions are NOT the ones that end up on the front lines, flying above the skylines, or out in the deep blue sea.
So, when you hear The Obama administration has increased the pressure on Congress to take action in Syria - simply because there is "evidence" that Bashar Assad’s regime used sarin gas on its own people - how does it make you feel? Is this a GOOD reason to go to war? What are our interests in Syria?
If your question is, "what is war?" I encourage you to look at a few definitions:
War is an organised and often prolonged armed conflict that is carried out by states or non-state actors. It is characterized by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention.
1 a (1) : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) : a period of such armed conflict (3) : state of war
b : the art or science of warfare
c (1) obsolete : weapons and equipment for war (2) archaic : soldiers armed and equipped for war
2 a : a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism
b : a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end
c : variance, odds 3