The Art of War

The Art of War

TheArt of War

Theart of war by Sun Tzu is one of the widely referred books withreference to wars and strategic management. Tzu came up with severalpassages describing how a winning team should play its cards in orderto emerge victorious over the enemies. These passages have been usedover and over to describe organizational situations. They are alsoused to solve problems emerging in the modern world. Most of thepassages have passed the test of time and continue to be used widelyin the contemporary society. It is evident that the art of war isindeed a resourceful book that should be referred to time to time.

Oneof the most used passages in the book of the art of war is ‘Thereis no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare,’(Hoegen, 2012). This is used to mean that no single country orcommunity benefits from a prolonged war regardless of whether it winsor not. A war that takes place for a long time tends to consume somany resources, which drain both the communities and the countries atwar. Therefore, the winning country should devise cunning strategiesto end the war even if it means coming to a compromise. The aimshould be winning within the shortest time possible.

Itis no news that wars are expensive. The countries involved must digdeeper into the pockets if they wish to emerge victorious at the endof it all. While at it, strategy is necessary to fight off the enemywithin the shortest time possible. The more the war prolongs, themore the affected parties suffer economically. If not careful, bothparties may end up exhausting most its resources leaving them at aneconomic disadvantage.

Anexample of war that serves as a good example is the war ofAfghanistan. Since the terrorist attacks in 2001, America andAfghanistan has been at war. The Al-Qaeda hijacked commercialairlines and attacked America causing close to 3000 deaths ofcivilians. This attack shook America and the entire world at largehence, necessitated the then president George Bush to sign a law touse force against the attackers or terrorists. This decision led tosevere measures to combat terrorism. Some of these measures wouldlead to eavesdropping on the citizens of America with the intent ofgetting in touch with terrorists. So many changes in the departmentof homeland security took place. It is worth noting that thesechanges cost America a significant part of the economy. In addition,America went forth with the war and attacked the terrorist leaders ofal-Qaeda. This was the beginning of the war that is still inexistence to date. America spent so much in an attempt to find OsamaBin Laden who was believed to be behind the historical attack(Purpura, 2007).

Sincethe beginning of this war, several people have died due to direct andnon direct attacks. Civilians have also been killed in the hands ofthe fighters. It is also observed that this war may have violatedsome forms of civil liberties and human rights. The cost of the waris more that 4.4 trillion dollars, an amount that could have beenused to increase the economy of the country through developmentalprojects.

Trueto Sun Truz words, a prolonged war causes great economic damages tothe parties involved. The parties of the war have spent trillions ofdollars in an attempt to emerge victorious (Cooley, 2000). It wouldhave been more economical if America had sought a more secure andcunning way to fight the terrorists. Too many people have lost theirlives and a significant amount of money has been used in the war.Despite the fact that the parties involved are economically stable,it is evident that they spent too much to an extent of slowing downthe economy. If the war had ended in the first year, the partiesinvolved would be very far economically.

Thereare many cases of wars in the contemporary society that have hurtcountries at large. This is because they do not invest in strategicmeans of combating their enemies on time before spending trillions ofdollars. Any war that takes such a long time is uneconomical in thelong run. It is true that surrendering is not an option, but beinginvolved in a war for that long is disastrous to the economy.

Abook that was written many years ago continues to be relevant todate. The involved parties in war should revisit it and invest inmore economical ways of engaging in wars. Even if one party winsafter several years of war, it experiences the ripple effects.Sometimes it is not just about being victorious, but also consideringthe well being of all in the end. Many people have lost their livesand displaced in one way or another. This simply means that enjoyingvictory should not be the only objective when it comes to war, butalso the welfare of the citizens as well (Coetzee &amp Eysturlid,2013).


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Purpura,P. P. (2007). Terrorismand homeland security: An introduction with applications.Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann.