30 July, 2006

Sun Tzu and the art of war



Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy;

Next best is to disrupt his alliances;

The next best is to attack his army.

The worst policy is to attack cities. Attack cities only when there is no alternative. (chapter 3)



The Israeli response, thus far, seems to be working in reverse of Sun Tzu's priorities. A more measured response, focusing on those Hezbollah military units in the south that may have participated in the kidnapping of the soldiers, would better serve Sun Tzu's first two points.

In Malaysia, we have our ways to prevent crimes the Sun Tzu way."Crime Prevention: The Sun Tzu Way is a must read for all policemen and the public," according to criminologist Prof Dr P. Sundramoorthy.

He said the book by state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Christopher Wan and management consultant Khoo Kheng-Hor draws on the wisdom of the 500BC military strategist. “His strategies can still be applied in present times for crime prevention.” (The Star Tuesday July 18, 2006)

故曰:知彼知己,百戰不殆;不知彼而知己,一勝一負;不知彼,不知己,每戰必敗

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle

知己知彼, 百戰百勝

If you know both yourself and your enemy, you will come out of one hundred battles with one hundred victories.

百戰百勝,非善之善也;不戰而屈人之兵,善之善者也

One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skillful.



Dr Mahathir is a person who has master the skill and Strategy of "Sun Tzu The Art of War" effectively.

"They say it's not true that I cannot speak to Umno members so I would like to have an Umno gathering to speak to Umno people,"

"When I speak to the NGOs (non-governmental organisations), they complainthere are PAS members there, so I must control people who came to hear me also. Newspapers now black out (my news), people who wrote in letters supporting me cannot get them published," he said.

"I have met Khalil who is the mediator. I have told him what needs to be done. It's up to him. I explained to him what's the problems and he asked me how to solve the problems.

"I told him, very simple - don't kowtow to Singapore, don't give to many APs (approved permits to import foreign luxury cars), don't undermine (national car maker) Proton, don't sell (Italian motorcycle unit) MV Agusta," he said.

"My request is very simple - I don't agree we don't build the bridge, I think we should build and to say people don't want the bridge is incorrect. The people don't want to sell sand [... ] but bridge they want."

"We have sold Agusta, giving more APs, so many APs that cars now cannot be sold, lower the price of cars, (and) create problems for second-hand car dealers, everybody losing money, we have a national automotive policy which is causing a lot of problems,"
(Latest News-Generasi Mahathir.com)


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