Realpolitik. Very different from sitting around a table and singing kumbaya . "The position of Prussia in Germany will not be determined by its liberalism but by its power ... Prussia must concentrate its strength and hold it for the favorable moment, which has already come and gone several times. Since the treaties of Vienna, our frontiers have been ill-designed for a healthy body politic. Not through speeches and majority decisions will the great questions of the day be decided - that was the great mistake of 1848 and 1849 - but by iron and blood." War is a tool of diplomacy, a tool like everything in the world is a tool. Sometimes it is the best tool for the job. Sometimes its posturing and intimidation, sometimes economic exploitation and hegemony, sometimes a gift of service to make another power dependent upon you, sometimes its looking like the hero and sometimes the villain. Germany? Germany was mostly content to win the peace because it was working for them for a certain time period after their unification. You use the tool that is best for the job. And then, one day, the tip of a sword... or at least the fear created by it... is the perfect tool. Today that may be the case. To instinctively throw out butchery as a potential tool on any occasion is as foolish as it would be to declare it is the only tool.