In 1959 Sarnoff was a member of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund panel to report on . foreign policy. As a member of that panel and in a subsequent essay published in Life as part of its "The National Purpose" series, he was critical of the tentative stand being taken by the United States in fighting the political and psychological warfare being waged by Soviet -led international Communism against the West . He strongly advocated an aggressive, multi-faceted fight in the ideological and political realms with a determination to decisively win the Cold War . 
In the Roman Catholic reading of Augustine , the issue of just war as developed in his book The City of God substantially established his position concerning the positive justification of killing, suffering and pain as inflicted upon an enemy when encountered in war for a just cause.  Augustine asserted that peacefulness in the face of a grave wrong that could only be stopped by violence would be a sin. Defense of one's self or others could be a necessity, especially when authorized by a legitimate authority. While not elaborating the conditions necessary for war to be just, Augustine nonetheless originated the very phrase, itself, in his work The City of God .  In essence, the pursuit of peace must include the option of fighting with all of its eventualities in order to preserve peace in the long-term.  Such a war could not be pre-emptive, but defensive, to restore peace.  Thomas Aquinas , centuries later, used the authority of Augustine's arguments in an attempt to define the conditions under which a war could be just.