9. The Army on the March


Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under control by means of iron discipline.

Yen Tzu [B.C. 493] said of Ssu-ma Jang-chu: "His civil virtues endeared him to the people; his martial prowess kept his enemies in awe." Cf. Wu Tzu, ch. 4 init.: "The ideal commander unites culture with a warlike temper; the profession of arms requires a combination of hardness and tenderness."

This is a certain road to victory.

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