知己知彼,百戰不殆

知己知彼,百戰不殆

"Know yourself and your enemy and you will not lose a single battle."
Sun Zi (or Sun Tzu), 'The Art of War' (513 BC). Photo from my project Subtitles.

After Paris attacks last weekend claimed by ISIS, Western governments and its people should take some time for reflection after mourning.

KNOW YOURSELF: We should come back to recent history in the Midde East back to the 80's with Iran and Irak wars we triggered and the following ones. We should look at ourselves with as much distance and objectivity as possible.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY: We have to admit we know little (our leaders included) about Islam and we know little about ISIS theological motivations. We also know little about the important differences between Al-Qaeda and ISIS.