editorial | WEST POINT
From Clausewitz to Al Qaeda
The most influential military academy in America, New York’s West Point, has recently announced its list of the “top 10 classics” in warfare. Students and scholars are urged to read Carl Clausewitz’s classic “On War,” Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” and Thucydides’ “History of the Peloponnesian War” to understand the dynamics that bring countries to conflict and the skills needed to declare one a victor. It is an important list, but they are all about big wars a long time ago.