Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Art of Victory

One of the most viewed quotes on Twitter in January after America killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani of Iran who led Iranian covert operations and intelligence and was one of the country’s most senior leaders. His murder brought Washington and Tehran closer to a war before the global emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only fools fight foolish wars when they ignore the wisdom of the wise.
- from one of my completed new books, "The Art of Victory" inspired by Sun Tzu's  classic "The Art of War".

Extract from the first page:
The great Baba Ohlakaniphileyo watched as the golden eagle, Ukhozi olusegolide soared from the Tugela Falls to the  uKhahlamba Dragon's Mountains in iKwaZulu-Natali .
"UNkulunkulu uSomandla mkhulu kakhulu!" He exclaimed and clicked his tongue as he shook his Iwisa, long Knobkerrie in his right hand. 

Then he heard footsteps behind him.
He could tell the footsteps of the brave Prince Shaka kaSenzangakhona with his eyes closed. 
The bravest son of King Senzangakhona kaJama  always came unannounced to learn at his feet. 
Prince Shaka bowed his head as he greeted the tall old man.
"I greet you Baba Ohlakaniphileyo."
"Ngiyakwemukela! Welcome brave son of King Senzangakhona, he who acts with a good reason."
Shaka's inquiring black eyes were the same eyes of his grandfather, King Jama kaNdaba. 

They sat down on two small boulders and he put his Iwisa on the ground while Shaka still held on to his Isijula spear. They quietly viewed the Tugela.

"How's your father now?"
"We pray for his recovery," replied Shaka.

The old man sighed and looked at the sky.
"The sun is going down," he said.

Shaka looked and nodded.

"And you will be the new King."
Shaka swallowed saliva silently.
"Are you ready?"

Shaka gazed at him without blinking.
"Teach me the art of war. As you taught my grandfather and great grandfather to become great warriors."
He looked at Shaka and stood up. He faced the Tugela and said:.
"Only the Almighty makes great warriors as He made the great Ukhozi olusegolide to soar higher than other eagles."
"Baba Ohlakaniphileyo, teach me the art of war."
"My son, I will not teach you the art of war. I will teach you the art of victory."

The Art Victory is a book for those who want to be conquerors, protectors, saviours and victors anywhere and everywhere they are in the world.
For the world is a battlefield.
You must not give up the fight.
You must not quit.
You can retreat, but don't accept defeat.
The book is written by the bravest "Biafran Child" during the uncivil war of 1967-1970 between the Igbo Kingdom of the Republic of Biafra and the Federal Government of Nigeria. This 5 year old boy-child wearing only his underwear and armed with only a penknife sneaked out of the camp for  internally displaced persons in another village and returned to his village that was captured and occupied by the enemies and saw the burning corpse of one of his beloved uncles. His mother who was a grass widow lost three of her six children in the war that killed over 100, 000 Biafran soldiers and more than 2, 000, 000 Igbo civilians, including over 1, 000, 000 children with more than 2, 000, 000 displaced persons and over 500, 000 refugees.
Psalm 144:1:
"Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:"

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