Remembering all the News on the Paper every morning, I’d be going back to the Art of War. This document was written by Sun Tzu, a high ranking military general, tactician and strategist at around 400b.c.
Sun Tzu said: “The art of war is of vital importance to the State.“
3. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline.
5,6. The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.
(I don’t support what they did but remember how the Japanese fought with loyalty for their Emperor in World War II?)
8. Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.
9. The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness.
10. Both method and discipline are understood by marshalling the army in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure.
11. These should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail.
12. Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this way:
(1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?
(2) Which of the two generals has most ability?
(3) With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?
(4) On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?
(5) Which army is stronger?
(6) On which side are officers and men more highly trained?
(7) In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?
In China, if you broke a law, you knew you’d be in jail. In the Philippines the guilty has the courage to demand to be free. That’s why when our countrymen are caught for wrongdoing and sentenced to Death Penalty, we feel the GUILTY deserves to be set free all the time.
I remember how the unexpected happened when a Filipino policeman, in confusion, took hostage, a bus full of Taiwanese tourists. First of all, it is sad to hear the injustice to the man. It breaks my heart to know the divisions caused by injustice. It breaks loyalty!
18. All warfare is based on deception.
19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
20. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
21. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.
22. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to IRRITATE him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
23. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.
24. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
25. These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand. (If the RP Government asks anything, feign ignorance and deny it. Of course! Did you pull out the flowers on my lawn? Nope.)
26. Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus doing many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations lead to defeat: how much more no calculation at all!
III. Attack by Stratagem
3. Thus highest form of generalship is to thwart the enemy’s plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy’s forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy’s army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.
5. The general, unable to control his irritation, will launch his men to fight like swarming ants, with the result that one-third of his men are slain, while the town still remains untaken. Such are the disastrous effects of a siege.
6. Therefore the skillful leader SUBDUES the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
China doesn’t want War. But bullying others to submission is best. “We were just waiting for their Gunships to ask help. Then we will help them.”
7. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem.
8. It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy’s one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.
9. If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.
Which is . . . . why we are avoiding.
10. Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.
China might be leading her citizens by force, but she enforces discipline. The Philippines might be more democratic but if conflict goes out, Congress would still have to iron out a minority to agree that “we have to fight back”.
“These. . . . leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.”
There may be less press freedom in China, but be sure that the Press will not give “Reports to the Enemy” (like the Taiwan Tourist Incident) for the sake of sensational news. They will think twice.
I am not also suggesting to do away with Democracy. Democracy and Communism can thrive or fail. But a breakdown in identity will destroy a nation, communist or democratic. We need God to change our hearts and Heal our Land.