Confronting Projects and lessons from Sun Tzu

There are some projects that have an adverse effects on the environment and people.Thus,there are many instances where public interest individuals, groups and people try to prevent them from happening, often by way of projects.The following are my way of looking at them and taking action.They are based on my observations which are based on the Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Sun Tzu, in his “Art of War” states the following in Chapter iii (Attack by Strategem.
“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the resistance of the enemy without fighting
Thus,the highest form of generalship is to :
Balk the enemy’s plans,
the next best is to junction of the enemy’s forces,
the next in order is to attack the enemy’s army in the fiels,
the worst of all is to besiege walled cities.
This is how this maxim is applied by me in relation to opposing projects harmful to the environment.
The highest form is to oppose and stop the project in the initial planning stages
The next best is to prevent it from getting approved(Opposing EIA reports)
The next in order ids to prevent an approved project from commencing.
The next is to oppose and stop it during the initial phases of activities.
The worst possible is to wait and oppose it when it is already half-way through or even mostly over.

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Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

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