the Art of War: Selected Writings.
peace is a dream, and not even a pleasant one.
War is a
part of God's world order."1a
"The money market also has today
gained an influence that can call the armed forces into the field
for its interest. European armies have occupied Mexico and Egypt
to meet the demands of high finance."1b
"The best guarantee of success of an
attack over the defense lies in a flanking attack and
the simultaneous advance of all our forces against the enemy's
flank and front."1c
. . . The tactical defense is the
stronger, the strategic offensive the more effective
form -- and the only one that leads to the goal."1d
"One must distinguish between the
object of the war and the object of the operation
of the attack. The former is not the army, but the land
mass and the capital of the enemy, and within them the
resources and the political power of the state. It
comprises what we desire to hold or that for which we will
subsequently trade. The object of an operation is the hostile
army insofar as it defends the object of the war."1e*
"The course of a war
must keep the means that tactics require in readiness at the
proper time and place. . .
Strategy governs the movements of the army for
the planned battle; the manner of execution is the
province of tactics. The former issues directives, the
. . .
[O]nly the destruction of the
hostile fighting force will be decisive as a rule. It is
therefore the most important object of all operations."1h