A totally random musing… comments welcome, especially from the history-minded:
Was the Holocaust good or bad policy for Hitler, from a purely pragmatic perspective? Was the national rage he stirred up towards the Jews and others intrinsic to his initial success? Or was it a net distraction and energy drain from his war effort? If he had been “merely” a conqueror and not also a monster, would he have gotten farther, or would he never have reached his historical zenith at all?