In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu teaches, “if your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.”
It’s hardly arguable that anybody is more temperamental than the hard-line practitioners of radical Islam. This is evidenced by something that seems to drive them completely nuts. George W. Bush? Nope. Western decadence? Not really. Cartoons? Bingo!
There was the cartoon in a Danish newspaper some months back that flipped some serious turbans. A few days ago Al Qaeda called for the death of a Swedish cartoonist who has since gone into hiding. And now in Bangladesh there’s a warrant out for the arrest of another “blasphemous” cartoonist.
It’s starting to look like we can forget about guns and bombs, and start fighting with pens and Vellum Bristol. The government should stop recruiting soldiers and start recruiting patriotic cartoonists with a love of country and an even greater love of irritating enemies of free thought and free nations. These cartoons could be air-dropped en masse or simply published in newspapers. Al Qaeda and others heads would explode in fury and the war would be won without firing a shot.
This is what Sun Tzu would recommend. After all, there’s a reason the book is called The Art of War.