Oh, yes, I was expecting the anti-war (a.k.a. anti-Bush) reply to come.
You're the one equating Bush and war. I never mentioned the guy.
But that doesn't make for good drama. Oh, gosh, let us all sit around write up a treaty. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is so visually exciting. Oooh. Look at how he signs that treaty. That is so cooool!!! Oh! Oh! Oh! Look at how our economic sanctions are slowly grinding down the evil empire. Since this is fantasy, it will work. This is almost as exciting as watching grass grow.
It makes for perfectly good drama for anyone sophisticated enough to appreciate character driven drama, personality conflict, shifting alliances, efforts to outwit one another, etc. Look at The Lion in Winter
, in which a treaty negotiation between the kings of England and France was one of the central plot threads of the play/film. I trust you're not telling us that it wasn't good drama because there was only one real sword-fight in it.
And let us talk about that "weak" Eric. Taking that huge army to the mountain to force the release of Clover. That was nothing other than horrible sabre-rattling. He should have sent a delegation of experienced diplomats to secure Clover's release while they sip herbal tea and sing "Kumbaya".
Now you're making a straw-man argument, implying that I consider Eric weak. I'll devote all the attention to refuting that that such an argument merits.
I suggest that BK consult Makkabee on how the royal court acts. The ones that the assassins do not kill.
I want to be very careful not to misinterpret this. Are you calling me weak and/or incompetent, or saying that any of the options I've advocated indicate incompetence? This statement could be read as a deliberate provocation, but if it was just poor word choice on your part I don't want to respond rashly.
War is sometimes a necessary evil. It should never be the first option people consider, and in the event it does become necessary the party driven to war has a responsibility to its own people to make sure everything possible has been done to ensure the war is winnable.