Here’s some cogent battle advice for today’s armchair warriors, written 2400 years ago, but still ever-relevant.
“In joining battle, seek the quick victory. If battle is protracted, your weapons will be blunted and your troops demoralized. If you lay siege to a walled city, you exhaust your strength. If your armies are kept in the field for a long time, your national reserves will not suffice.
Where you have blunted your weapons, demoralized your troops, exhausted your strength and depleted all available resources, the neighboring rulers will take advantage of your adversity to strike. And even with the wisest of counsel, you will not be able to turn the ensuing consequences to the good. There never has been a state that has benefited from an extended war.”
– Sun Tzu, from “The Art of War”
Posted by Kurma on 22/6/06; 3:32:08 AM