Per my friend (whom I do not personally know) Mencius Moldbug:
Therefore, in many cases peace can be achieved only in the Roman way: by victory. As with all military objectives, victory is achieved by any means necessary. Including artillery. Clearly, if the enemy uses artillery and you don't, your chances of victory are greatly reduced.
Carve this on your forehead: The only reason for a Decline and Fall, of an empire or a chess player, is erosion of the Will.
The Kinks also knew--there was no substitute for Victoria.
Ponder this lesson deeply, Grasshopper