Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Art of Politics...

I bet PMHarper read this book. Some excerpts:

"Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one's own store.
This is called, using the conquered foe to augment one's own strength."

"Hence it is that which none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with spies. None should be more liberally rewarded. In no other business should greater secrecy be preserved."

"The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy. Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality."

So...

"But when the army is restless and distrustful, trouble is sure to come from the other feudal princes. This is simply bringing anarchy into the army, and flinging victory away.
Hence the saying: 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."

Don't fling victory away, Tories. Pick yer side...

3 Comments:

Anonymous W. Verwey said...

Hummm could it be? I agree with your last line. Cooler heads will prevail if we remember the deeds done by those who sit across the floor.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Sierra said...

gotta love Sun Tzu...

3:15 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

We appear to be in a marsh, and need to find the most direct way OUT.

8:47 PM  

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