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In the past Americans believed we needed to crush our enemies and have total dominion over them. Today, we do not.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined the terms of victory as “Unconditional Surrender.” Bringing long-term peace to the world, said FDR,
“involves the simple formula of placing the objective of this war in terms of an unconditional surrender….Unconditional surrender means not the destruction of the … Japanese populace, but does mean the destruction of a philosophy … which is based on the conquest and subjugation of other peoples.” He went on to say: “We have learned that if we do not pull the fangs of the predatory animals of the world, they will multiply and grow in strength … [they] must be disarmed and kept disarmed, and they must abandon the philosophy which has brought so much suffering to the world.