" . . . then abortion would be a sacrament." You've probably heard that quote before.
What do I think? I think it's very possibly true. Think about waging war, for instance. It's killing, it's state-sanctioned, and it has long been presented by the establishment as something glorious and noble. Something that turns a boy into a man. Yuck.
As warfare has evolved into a process that kills many more civilians than soldiers, there has been some reframing of it as a necessary evil instead of a virtue, but the criteria that make war "necessary" still seem to be awfully broad.
I don't know if I should include honor killings as another example, because those are not officially approved of by the governments in the countries where they occur. But the idea that the people who practice them put the words honor and killing side by side illustrates the point in a pretty disgusting manner.
I'm not a pacifist, but my standards for war as a means of self-defense go about as far as standing on our own soil armed and ready to fight off anyone who attacks us, or sending folks out to the caves to search for bin Laden (to bring him to trial, not kill him). Anything beyond that is not glorious, not noble, and not justified.