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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 2: PART 3

PREPARATIONS FOR WAR – BOOK 3

PART 3

Taking what he needs from local peasants and merchants to replenish his troops, the warlord does not involve himself with commerce when he is in the midst of battle. He makes sure to leave some for the local people, knowing there is always the possibility that he will see them in a time of retreat. However, if the people deny assistance they should be destroyed. Peasants can be replaced: troops are not that easy to find. Although you may have adequate supplies in the rear, it takes some of those very supplies to deliver the remainder to the troops in the field.

Care must be taken not to humiliate the enemy troops more than is required for quick victory. The more humiliation you place on the enemy, the more vengeance he will crave, and the more intense his actions will be. If you intend to subjugate the enemy, do so within the constraints of intelligent planning for the future. There will be ramifications regardless of the manner in which you operate. Understand this before you make your final decision to overrun a country. If you see no value to the enemy in any way or fashion, then you should totally destroy every remnant of his culture. However, this is generally not wise because there is always something of value to be gained from other cultures. Change brings about change, though this is not always good.

Reward the warriors who have served with distinction to the maximum extent you can. Do not skimp on the rewards you place before them, and make sure to do so within the view of the other troops. Do not reward those who have done a halfhearted job, regardless of how fervent their halfheartedness was. Levy swift punishment to those who have created difficulty in your process of victory. Do that in front of the troops as well.

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About Stephen F. Kaufman

Author of the best-selling interpretations of Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," Sun Tzu's "Art of War," along with Lao Tzu's "Living Tao," "The Shogun's Scroll," "The Way of the Modern Warrior," and "The Sword in the Boardroom," which focuses on business management based on honesty, integrity, and morality for contemporary negotiations. Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman is the founder of Self-Revealization Acceptance™, the first, foremost, and original reality facilitation concept ever presented to the modern world in 1993, guaranteed to bring immediate and permanent results. Acknowledged as a founding father of American Karate, he was elected to the title and rank of Hanshi, 10 Dan, the most prestigious accomplishment in the martial arts world in 1991 by international peer associations. His karate martial arts system is recognized by leading world martial arts master to be one of the most realistic warrior methods in the world. He has received countless awards and honors for his work. He has been awarded the Platinum Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Martial Arts Pioneer award denoting 50 years of service to the art.

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