4 Nov 2010



I have never been too interested in military news. I still remember how my secondary school classmates excitedly discussed the tactics at the Gulf War. I could not have cared less. What can be so interesting about a one-sided match?

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, however, is an exception. Often hailed as the first book on military strategies in China, The Art of War actually taught us that war should always be the last resort. One should never declare war out of anger. Having one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the best. Seizing the enemy without fighting is the best.

In addition, Sun Tzu taught us not to depend on luck. Although history mostly described stories about people winning in extreme conditions, Sun Tzu did not think much of it. The duty of a commander is to protect his country and people, not to get his name recorded in history. One should always be prepared and in an undefeatable condition. As such, victory should seem logical and not come as a surprise to other people.

No wonder so many teams embrace defensive football.

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