THE ART OF WAR

“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”

Sun Tzu 500BC

 

As America goes head long into World War III because of its own doing, here are some thoughts that it should consider. General MacArthur was a disciple of Sun Tzu and he lost fewer soldiers in the Pacific War than the Marines lost marines at Iwo Jima. 

Osama bin Laden was also a disciple of Sun Tzu and he won all of his objectives with 9/11. America is chapter seven bankrupt.

Our continued existence is because we have a lot of guns. There have been many many other people down through the ages that have won their battles by simply following Sun Tzu. America’s generals are not considering Sun Tzu’s sage advice and will lose America because of it. Putin and Xi in China are also disciples of Sun Tzu. Here’s Sun Tzu’s thoughts in summary:

“Know they self, know they enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

“Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.”

“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.”

“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”

“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”

“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which on no account can be neglected.”

“The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.”

“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

“Thus it is in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he is destined to defeat who first fights and afterward looks for victory.”

“When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.”

“The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.”

“It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

“Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.”

“Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.”

“If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.”

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”

“A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.”

“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”         

“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”

The Founders studied Sun Tzu, Plato, Socrates, Plutarch, Cicero, Caesar, Cyrus, Romulus and all the other wise men before their time, and they listened. They hoped to build a nation that would weather time like no other by, first fearing GOD, their Creator, and second knowing what had defeated and sustained the nations of the past. Now we ignore the past and enter this world as babes, ignorant of what to do and what not to do, reacting instead of acting. You could say we have educated ourselves to be dumb like animals in our thinking, dealing with issues just by instinct, void of meaningful knowledge.