The Annotated Art of War (Parts 2.19-20: Victory not Campaigns)
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II. Waging War
|Sun Tzu said:
|19. In war, then, let
your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.
||The goal is to win,
not to overrun everything and everyone. It is to defeat the enemy,
not to fight forever.
Whilst there may be glory in battle there is also great cost.
Beware of letting glory becoming the ends that battle provides. Stories
of derring-do are good for later cheer but they are not good for the
nation when easier victory can be gained.
|20. Thus it may be
known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate,
the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or
||The actions of the
leader will build reputation. A useful reputation to seek is one of
just power, where you can and will mete out justice where it is due.
When people think you fair, they may fear and will trust you.
Respect is a most powerful tool.