Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Fabian warfare tactics.
Warfare is part of life. Within our human bodies, warfare takes place. We have internally built 'warriors' within us namely the white blood corpuscles which is designed to fight intruders namely viruses and bacteria which cause disease and sickness within us.
Life itself is a warfare. The good Book likens life to a battlefield, and shows us that provision has been made for our victory in life, and of course we are the warriors, the heroes, the ones who are more than conquerors. A necessary requirement for success in a war is leadership. An army of sheep with a Lion as its leader will do better than an army of lions with a sheep as its leader.
Who is your leader in the battle of life? For me, it's the "Lord strong and mighty in battle". Your leader will make or marr you. The leader you follow will determine whether you win this battle or not.
Nicollo Machiavelli the philosopher understood the importance of leadership and had insights into how a leader should operate. He believed leaders should (1) master the art of intrigue (2) develop a killer instinct (strike at the right time).
The Carthage army was very powerful during the time of their conquer of Italy, the role of the leadership of Hannibal cannot be over emphasised. Hannibal was a brilliant military tactician and skilled warrior, he had no match during his time and he was feared by friends and foe alike. The Roman empire had suffered defeat at his hands several times over, and it was their frustration at Hannibal's military superiority that led Rome to instal Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, who evolved a warfare tactic that was later to be known as fabian tactics.
I believe the fabian tactic is very similar to the tactic the enemy of our souls engages in to confront us and rob us. It's not a direct attack on the enemy fighting type of strategy. It involves an indirect means of warfare that lures the opponent to a terrain where the opponent is not accustomed to fight, its a deceptive means of warfare that gives the opponent the impression he is at an advantage at first when he is not because the user of the fabian tactic has done his research and plans to capitalise on the opponents weakness. It's a warfare technique that requires a lot of patience. It's just the same way the enemy of our souls is very persistent and patient, and we have to be as persistent and patient, if not more, before we can overcome him.