Why the President Obama Should Study Sun Tzu
While Obama worries about appeasing Israel and Jewish vote at home, as well as being pressured to support threats of an Israeli attack on Iran, the government of Israel beavers away as usual, creating new facts on the ground.
(portions of which are quoted below) is an editorial in Ha’aretz, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, describing one way the Israeli government continues to plant seeds for the eventual cleansing of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the West Bank by exploiting the paralysis it created in what is absurdly known as the “peace process.”
Without peace talks, Israel must leave East Jerusalem alone
Discussions on Jerusalem were postponed to a later stage of the final-status negotiations, but it was never agreed that this interlude be exploited to create facts on the ground.
Haaretz Editorial, 7 December 2011
As the diplomatic process has sunk deeper into hibernation, acts whose sole purpose is to tighten Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem have multiplied. Thus even as the Palestinians have given the Quartet a proposal on security arrangements and permanent borders in the West Bank, Israel is advancing proposals to change the master plans of neighborhoods over the Green Line.
Read full article.
My favorite translations of Sun Tzu’s classic are Thomas Cleary’s
for a political/phlosophical orientation and Samuel B. Griffith’s
for a military orientation. Readers interested in a modern application of Sun Tzu’s ideas, and especially the art of using Cheng & Ch’i operations to unravel an adversary’s decision cycle, will find them embedded throughout Col. John Boyd’s
seminal study of conflict, A Discourse on Winning and Losing
, especially Patterns of Conflict and The Strategic Game.