WHO WAS SUN TZU?

Post #47

Sun Tzu was a military strategist in China 1,500 years ago and the author of The Art of War, a military treatise. The treatise comprises 13 chapters, each one devoted to a set of skills related to warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. The Art of War became a best-seller in 2001, and the book became so popular that the Oxford University Press had to print 25,000 extra copies. For more than 1,000 years, military strategists have followed the teachings of the book. 

Here are some precepts gleaned from the book: 1) To lower an enemy’s guard, you must act in the open, hiding your true intentions. 2) Attack the loved ones of your enemy to weaken him psychologically. 3) Encourage your enemy to expend his energy in futile quests while you conserve your strength. When he is exhausted and confused, you attack with energy and purpose. 4) When internal conflicts, when disease and famine ravage the population and corruption and crime are rampant, people will not deal with an outside threat. 5) Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves. Then go in full strength and pick up the pieces. 6) Charm and ingratiate yourself to your enemy. When you have gained his trust, you move against him in secret. 7) Launch a direct but brief attack and observe your opponent’s reactions. His behavior will reveal his strategy. 8) When faced with an enemy too powerful to engage directly, you must first weaken him by undermining his foundation and attacking his source of power. 9) Engineer confusion to weaken your enemy’s perception of truth and cause a lapse in judgment. 10) Disrupt the enemy’s formations, interfere with their methods of operations, change the rules in which they are used to following, go contrary to their formal training. 11) Hide behind a fool, a drunk, or a madman to create confusion about your intentions. 12) Cut off your enemy’s lines of communication.

The same group has perpetrated Nine-eleven, the threat of global warming, and the Covid-19 policies inflicting harm to our loved ones, making us eager to support their policies. The war in Afghanistan and the numerous regime change wars since the 1950s, our open borders, and our rigged elections have undermined our democratic republic. The enemy has exhausted and confused us; it has weakened our lines of communication by censoring social media and the mainline news. Has the Biden Administration acted like a fool, a drunk, or a madman? The time has not yet come for their final attack as they sit back, observing the chaos and division among us. In the end, the enemy will lull us into a false sense of security, and our attackers will disguise themselves as a solution to our problems.

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