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If I am interpreting the parents position correctly: desirable for the majority of interested parties on both sides of the particular issue(s). Certainly in the situations where "the side that wins the election be the side that would have won the civil war.", resolving the conflict in a civil, structured, non-violent and non-destructive fashion is desirable to most.

Typically when the side that would have won the civil war is unclear, it's also desirable to most.

Even when the (civil war favorite) party loses the political battle (election), usually the issue is not deemed important enough to accept the consequences of civil war, and a structured political/governmental/legestative resolution is the desirable outcome (for most) when weighed against engaging in a violent community/nation-wide conflict.

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