This photo is exemplary of the way we (the public) should deal with the state when it comes to military intervention. (Please ignore the historical context of this photo. I’m just using the photo as an illustration.)
We should always be trying to hold back the natural imperialistic desires and military aggression of any state. The only time we should ever “let go” and allow the military might of any state to wreak havoc (for selfish intent) is for EXTREMELY dangerous opponents (eg. Nazi Germany) where the growing threat is so great, the people of one’s country could potentially be taken over and RULED by a new power. (ie. use self-defense for REAL self-defense.)
And it’s never the Heroic American Eagle vs the Big Bad. It will always just be Freddy vs. Jason and Jason better be EXTREMELY dangerous to justify any type of military intervention.