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The big thing about rod is that it has a much longer lifespan and is actually more reliable and easier to inspect. It also offers significant reduction in stretch for a given weight, strength and diameter.
Most wire rigging failures are at the terminals. Its true that with really shot wire rigging you get a meathook, but typically long before the meathook shows the wire has lost its strength.