I love Debian - this messy debate is what freedom looks like. We should embrace it. This is how real progress is made.
That being said. The evolution of an init system is still needed, and there are some major problems with both systems - thus it is obvious that there is an opportunity for a third system that is more elegant than either of these two.
I think the debate has shown that neither way is correct and that a third way - probably more evolutionary and less draconian will emerge.
syselegant ? sys-e for short?