“When you do battle, even if you are winning, if you continue for a long time it will dull your forces and blunt your edge; if you besiege a citadel, your strength will be exhausted. If you keep your armies out in the field for a long time, your supplies will be insufficient.” -Sun Tzu
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It is apparent that the US death toll in the Global War on Terrorism and the subsequent occupation of iraq has increased exponentially since our self declared victory. There is no way to win an occupation. The wars have dragged on for over five years. I’ve heard the elderly lament that their country is engaged in yet another war, usually five by their count in a lifetime not including the countless operations we have perpetually been engaged in.
Through our endless campaigns abroad and domestic protests we may never truly comprehend the type of warfare that once ravaged our species. Wars that have spanned generations rather than years. Sadly warfare is the one attribute that mankind excels at. We are the product of our own demise. It’s going to happen no matter what you do, no matter how much you think you know.
“War is like a fire – if you do not put it out, it will burn itself out.” -Li Quan