Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Art of War

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

This is an aspect of warfare that has been left to the wayside in the 20th and 21st century. Modern technology has made commanders believe they can go where they want when they want and with little haste. Patience is a lost practice. For armies that are not as well equipped as ours, this tactic is still effective. Take the insurgents in Iraq, much like our American Revolution, they do not have to win any military battle, just wait until the occupying force can not sustain itself, or wait until support for the war stops. At that point, they win. This held true in Vietnam, the American Revolution, and will hold true in the current situation unfolding in Iraq. With patience and a large enough force, the events in Iraq would have been different.

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