The art of war

In Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” one of the main points in the writings is focused on the idea of conflict. Conflict, according to Sun Tzu is always present between individuals, between armies, between different political organizations carrying different ideologies, between countries and nations, and conflict within oneself. As such, the presence of conflict is always inherent to the human beings regardless of any situation that is being given at hand.

In Sun Tzu’s writings, he pertained to the art of war as one of the most intrinsic characteristics that can be visualized within the political arena. It is something that has been utilized to draw power struggles and strengthen political interactions. And as such, Sun Tzu was keen on explaining strategies that are relevant to inflict danger to the enemies and ensure triumph to one’s army.

I, personally agree in Sun Tzu’s points in making strong strategies to weaken the army and in turn, take this weakness to its advantages. According to Sun Tzu: “By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord; or, by inflicting damage, he can make it impossible for the enemy to draw near” (Giles, Chapter 6). As such, it is therefore necessary to study the enemies’ weak points and attack their vulnerability through it.

On the other hand, I disagree on Sun Tzu’s points which stated: “if an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy's position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy's position weak” (Giles, Chapter 11). This case is not all times true. The success of any war does not entirely depend on the allies that an army can make use of, though it generally pays to advantage. Indeed, there can be cases in which an army can succeed alone on its own internal forces if the people at war have the heart to that which they are fighting for.

Work Cited

Sun Tzu. 1910. “The Art of War.” Giles, Lionel (trans). Taoism Information Page.  17 September 2008 <http://www.religiousworlds.com/taoism/suntext.html#START>