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Martin van Creveld

In the future as in the past, both Clausewitz and Sun Tzu will undoubtedly have a lot to offer.

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The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself.

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Assuming China does not become destabilized and continues to grow, it will no doubt develop a military program in proportion to its resources.

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Except when war is waged in a desert, noncombatants, also known as civilians or ""the people,"" constitute the great majority of those affected.

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If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel... if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot.

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Sun Tzu does not need my praise. His work has lived for over two thousand years, and will surely live for another two thousand without any help from me.

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As history since Hiroshima shows, the best, perhaps the only, way to curb war is to deter it with such overwhelming force as to turn it from a struggle into suicide.

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The enemy resembles us. Therefore, he needs to be approached not as an assembly of 'targets' to be destroyed one by one; but as a living, intelligent entity capable of acting and reacting.

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It is simply not true that war is solely a means to an end, nor do people necessarily fight in order to obtain this objective or that. In fact, the opposite is true: people very often take up one objective or another precisely in order that they may fight.

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