Buck, I'm not sure if I get exactly what you are saying or meaning by your posts re/war.
First of all, I truly hope and pray there is no war. If so, people will die, innocent or not. That's the way it is.
When I was in Vietnam I don't remember anything coming to a screeching halt ( except for the ones who didn't make it back ) and as I recall, people carried on here as if nothing was happening. My prayers, hopes and yes, my fears, will be with the troops cause I know. But I know life goes on. I will think often of them and hope everyone else does too.