Food for thought

"... wars of ideas are rarely settled on the merits of the ideas themselves. Instead, they tend to drag on, unless an event occurs that causes the belligerents to focus their attention elsewhere.

When conclusive outcomes do occur, they tend to follow the physical elimination or marginalization of one side’s key proponents. In other cases, a major event, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union, might occur that renders one side incapable of continuing the conflict or campaign."

Strategic Studies Institute
US Army War College

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