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The Annotated Art of War (Parts 12.13-14: Using Water)

 

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XII. The Attack by Fire

 

Sun Tzu said: Commentary
13. Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an accession of strength. You should understand and be able to manage all of the elements to your greatest advantage.

Water can be used in many ways, for example:

 - Rain provides cover for movement as the enemy cowers under cover

 - Fast-flowing, wide rivers are difficult to cross, creating useful barriers

- Water underfoot creates mud that hampers both men and machines

- Dammed water can be released to create a moving wall that sweeps away all in its path.

In business, it may be remembered that resources for competing are all around you and that with a little creative thought you can gain significant competitive advantage.

14. By means of water, an enemy may be intercepted, but not robbed of all his belongings. Water does not destroy in the same way as fire, although it can still be very damaging.

 

 

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