“The Art of War”
by Atty. Francisco D. Yap

With the on-going was in Mindanao against the armed rebels, the art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or ruin. Scholars have long believed that “The Art of War” was written by a Chinese leader named SUN TZU.

As the story goes, the King of one of the feuding vessal states challenged Sun Tzu to prove his military expertise by turning a harem of royal courtesans into an organized, well trained fighting force. At first, the courtesans failed to perform their duties; in response, Sun Tzu beheaded two of the King’s favorites in front of everyone. After that, the courtesans armies followed orders perfectly, and the King was so impressed that he put Sun Tzu in charge of the whole military.

The Art of War presents the basic principles of warfare and gives military leaders advice on when and how to fight. Some of the basic principles are the following:

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

“He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its works.”

“Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.”

“Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be a peril.” — This is applicable to the Mamasapano massacre. They did not know who are their enemies.

“Sun Tzu considered war as a necessary evil that must be avoided whenever possible.”

“The war should be fought swiftly to avoid economic losses.”

“No long war ever profited any country.”

“He thought that strategy was not planning in the sense of working through an established list, but rather that it requires quick and appropriate responses to charging conditions. Planning works in controlled environment; but in a changing environment, competing plans collide, creating unexpected situations.”

There can never be peace without war. The victor will impose peace and order and the vangushed have no choice but to surrender unconditionally.

Peace is an illusive dream.

In the animal kingdom only man wages war!

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