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Submitted by Prashant (India), Jan 18, 2023 at 23:13

Dear Dr Pipes,

My point about ideological wars within a society being distinct from violent wars was subtle but I agree that governments should not even participate in ideological wars. Thanks for your comment.

Come to think of it, the separation of church and state is a subcase of the more general idea that governments should not participate in ideological wars.

A bit of new learning for me.

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