Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.
The point is that when it comes to war, victory is most assured by one simple factor: who is more determined to break the will of the opponent, to craft a future so distasteful that the best possible option is complete surrender?
My favorite example of this philosophy can be found in the movie The Usual Suspects, when Verbal Kint shares with Agent Kujan the background of the mysterious and elusive Keyser Söze:
Until we remember, as a culture, that there are things worth fighting and dying for, that there are things that do not require understanding as much as they require commitment to the cause, the American experiment will continue its desert wanderings in search of a promised land that was abandoned fifty years ago.
UPDATE – I can’t believe I forgot to title the post. I need to eat a brain.