This is about the art of war. I came upon two quotes on it.
Before getting onto the Cicero quote, the first looked at all conflict being about domination, the real goal of combatants of all hues. Whether it’s men and women in relationships, using the weapons which come most naturally or whether it’s State upon State, the tactics are always the same … and twofold:
The historical feminine [not women per se]
If the enemy is still strong, then use subterfuge, falsely allying oneself, ingratiating oneself, using allure and enticement, whispering sweet nothings, undermining from within, building strength from within and then starting to sow the seeds of doubt, making the other start to doubt, rotting the structure from inside.
A religious analogy is the serpent in the garden. A political example is Common Purpose.
The historical masculine [not men per se]
This is what is known colloquially as “maximum prejudice”. If the enemy appears to be weak or showing signs of weakness, then switch from the soft tactic to the hard and use all available force to blast enemy resistance. In other words, turn savage, blitzkrieg the enemy.
A political analogy in film is Lord of the Ring’s amassing of the armies of orcs at the citadel and the thumping of spears on the ground to strike fear. Also the Zulu tactic. Also the ISIS tactic in rushing their videos of murders to our eagerly awaiting, captured MSM to get to you to view and enjoy as fast as poss.
And now to Cicero’s quote – it requires no further comment from me: