In The Art of War, 6th century BC, Sun Tzu wrote, “Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking a superabundance of strength.” The famous Chinese military strategist argued that to be successful in war, it is critical “to attack the enemy’s strategy.”
Students supporting the Jewish right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland should consider his advice: Go on the offense rather than the defense, dominate the generation and flow of information and selectively adopt opposition tactics to use against them.
Israel supporters on campus are systematically targeted, harassed and silenced inside and outside the classroom by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and like-minded faculty.
This is a war — a vicious, coordinated war of words as dangerous to Israel’s survival as mortars and rockets. By poisoning the minds of our future thought leaders, the enemy is attempting to destroy the Jewish state. This psychological warfare is modeled after Herr Goebbels’ “Big Lie” strategy: Say that Israel is a racist and genocidal country often enough and people will ultimately believe it.