But if you do not hold your own life as sacred (and it is),
It is? Sounds like folly to me.
Howard Zinn cuts through this curricular fog: "War is terrorism ... Terrorism is the willingness to kill large numbers of people for some presumably good cause. That's what terrorists are about." Zinn demands that we reexamine the premise that war is necessary, a proposition not taken seriously in any high school history textbook I've ever seen. Instead, wars get sold to Americans -- especially to the young people who fight those wars -- as efforts to spread liberty and democracy. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-6
No, terrorists do not care about killing people, they care about intimidation in order to get their way. Killing people is one way of doing that. Threatening to kill people is another way. The difference is the main target of war is the force of the opposing government and that governments ability to wage war. The terrorists do not primarily attack those forces because those forces are able to inflict losses on the terrorists. Terrorists are the minority and cannot take the extended losses without major damage to their cause.
No sane person ever wants a war, but no sane person can allow an insane person to win just because they are willing to kill to get their way.