Mao and Washington understood that the support base is an absolute critical element for any revolution. To be successful they must gain the sympathy of the population and therefore have a population that would provide material support, recruits, shelter, and intelligence. This is why the political element of the insurgent effort was stressed so heavily in the theories of men like Mao, who viewed their actions in terms of the people’s war. Mao also believed that a population’s long standing grievances give the people the ability to endure suffering and heavy losses. This parallels the increasing grievances conducted by the British which would push the colonists to want an independent country free from British Rule, while willing to endure the protracted war. The people therefore have a stronger will to fight than the privileged government combatant or the foreign imperialist invader.