I believe it necessary for everyone to consider the requirements and consequences of a revolution, therefore, I'll create this so this way at least
our "revolutionaries" are at least slightly informed...
From Sun Zi, translated by the French Jesuit Joseph Amyot in 1772 *hats off*
Sun Tzu said:
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.
Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.
The general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth; he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost
heights of heaven. Thus on the one hand we have ability to protect ourselves; on the other, a victory that is complete.
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different
points; and his forces being thus distributed in many directions, the numbers we shall have to face at any given point will be proportionately few.
For should the enemy strengthen his van, he will weaken his rear;
should he strengthen his rear, he will weaken his van;
should he strengthen his left, he will weaken his right;
should he strengthen his right, he will weaken his left.
If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our adversary to make these preparations
Knowing the place and the time of the coming battle, we may concentrate from the greatest distances in order to fight.
These revolutions aren't that simple...
You must no what you are doing, you must know how you are doing what you're doing, you must know what they are doing.
Revolutions were far more simple back in the day of Xenophon, Ceasar, Flavius Vegetis, Sun Zi, the shoguns, William Wallace, etc...
Now days you must take into account economics and all of that crap...
Now for some enlightenment from a 19th century military genius, Napolean Bonaparte!
From Monseignor Napolean
The art of war lies in the positioning of one's troops so they are everywhere at once. The are of positioning troops is the great art of war.
Distribute your troops in such a way that, whatever the enemy does, you can reassemble in a few days.
Do not do what the enemy wishes simply because he wishes it; avoid the field of battle that he has reconnitered and studied. Be even more careful to
avoid the battlefield he has fortified and entrenched himself in.
Make sure you are ready to do it all at once, on your own terms.
Do not agree to anything your "opponets" ask for.
You must ensure the civility of your actions, heroics of your stories, and fruitfullness of your legacy's.
Your people will stay with you if they see and understand why they should.
Thoese who wish to save the world must first become one aware of it...
[Edited on 18-10-2003 by Tassadar]