Saturday, April 12, 2014

Assessing the Low-Tech Weapon of Terrorists (and Understanding Chapter 12 of Sunzi's The Art of War)

updated on 04.15.2014 5:55 am

One of the most popular sites for understanding the political-economic side of our global economy is Stratfor. It publishes many interesting articles on different global events.

Click here for their view on the utilization of fire from a terrorist perspective .

Incendiary measures only work in the right terrain. Assessing the situation properly is the first step by viewing the configuration in terms of the possible danger, the given constraints, the complexity, the distance and the projected outcome. 

In an extreme setting, the fanatic amateurs usually implemented it with no regards of the after-effects.  Their perception of reality justifies their decision in spite of their own misconception.

The successful strategists who have also utilized this option, always understood the configuration of their Big Tangible Picture before ever concluding this category of decision.  They also know the circumstances for employing this option and have the experience to control it by "assessing, positioning and influencing" their situation.

The focused comprehension of the Big Tangible Picture have always enables the successful strategist to be mindfully one step ahead of the competition.

Our Perspective on the Chapter 12 (Incendiary Attack) 
While being obsessed with the specific tactical side of a strategic situation, most people rarely understand the specifics of their Big larger picture.  They do not know try to connect their situation to their larger picture and beyind 

So, how does this chapter fits into the grand schema of things?

Chapter 12 emphasizes on understanding the five main targets and the five specific tactical situations that one could encounter.  . . .  It also focuses on the decision management process of the chief decision maker.

In summary, this chapter is about the art of strategic targeting. 

Comprehending the strategic readiness and the state of maneuverability of the opposing competitor, their leadership qualities and the strategic state of the terrain is the path to triumphing with minimum resistance. 

In military history, fire has always been combined with the element of "surprise" as a grand tactic.. Fire does not win conflicts.  The implementers occasionally get hurt while the chief decision makers become victorious. 

The proper implementation of this volatile element in the offensive sequence of steps is how the successful strategists always win.

Our unofficial survey tells us this chapter is quite popular for those who liked to win their situation with one macro move.

Our Art of War's Perspective  (Chapter 1-6) 
Click here on our view on Chapter 1 
Click here on our view on Chapter 2
Click here on our view on Chapter 3
Click here on our view on Chapter 4
Click here on our view on Chapter 5
Click here on our view on Chapter 6


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