Sun Tzu (II)


To say “the book of Sun Tzu” is saying a lot, it is actually just a handful of sentences, as well as to call it “the Art of War” because, in my opinion, war has little or no art, in any case it seems to be rather a basic outline of issues to be taken into account to properly plunder, sow discord and lead the warriors to death without flinching:
“The commander must be able to keep his subordinates in complete ignorance of his plans, to change their ways and change their plans so nobody do not know he intends. it corresponds to the general to kick away the ladder once the soldiers have ascended to the heights. “
Actually the text is not, despite its brevity, nothing concise and arguably even something incoherent, because alternate points of absolute cold-blooded and cruelty with others where, in my opinion, perhaps we should read a kind of prudence that border in the nonsense and it is not me, who says that, it says the commentator himself, General Tao Hanzhang:
“Do not prevent the return at home of the enemy. Let them escape and not press too, if they are desperate. “
Sparing the life of the enemy is now frowned upon, to war we go to what we go and there are no place to fag’s things.
There are included situations of the wars from the past, to illustrate some of the concepts, however highlights the cult of the leader Mao Zedong in almost all references, so much than it makes suspect of the veracity of the events. Mr. Tao shows their devotion to Mao, who not only was a military strategist but apparently also was equipped with a special sensitivity that allowed him to write poems, of which it mentions a verse:
“With power and tranquility we have to pursue the enemy
do not imitate to Xiang Yu “the Conqueror” seeking frivolous fame “
It suddenly comes to my mind the image of Peter Ustinov in the movie “Quo Vadis?”, Reciting despite the ironies of Petronius …
Particularly striking is the chapter entitled “The use of spies” clarifying that there are five types of spies: the natives, internal spies, double spies, the liquidatables and the survivors. For Sun Tzu, the most important are double spies, they are the best paid and most spoiled, but from the point of view of the spies themselves, the best must be those who survive, I think.
It’s curious aversion of Sun Tzu about the water:
“After crossing a river sure yourself to get away from it. When an enemy is crossing the river not face him in the middle of it. It is safer to let him finish crossing and then attack him. Do not confront your enemy near water …. Cross the marshes quickly, do not stay in them”. And he had not seen the movie “Shark” of Spielberg or anything.
There are phrases denoting classism and contempt for those who do not hold a charge, at the thought of Sun Tzu, attitude still very topical today:
“If the officers are angry is that they are tired.”
 What a pity, poor men, Does it means that those who do not lead has no right to get mad?.


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