Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Emperor George and the Art of War.
I wish I'd said it first, but I didn't; Jeff Huber did.
Go and read what he has to say and understand why every time you open the newspaper Iraq (and now Afghanistan) looks ever more like a dozen monkeys attempting to have sexual congress with a football.
Because as Sun Tzu (the mandarin guy there in the picture) would remind us:
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. "
Oh, and George? He also said this, and he might as well have been speaking directly to your dumb ass:
"No leader should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no leader should fight a battle simply out of pique. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being…It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on."
"Bring 'em on!"