This occurs to me about people declaring wars are over

I wrote before that I had ended the war—I had declared it over

It occurs to me that, of two parties one of whom is armed and the other is not, that only one can declare the war is over!

Only the unarmed party can declare this

An armed party cannot declare the war is over. All the armed party can claim is the war is continuing

I mean this literally and figuratively

Armed countries, armed people—they cannot believably declare peace. The first step is to disarm yourself. Only the disarmed person can declare that war is over