In Shining Path Lewis Taylor provides compelling evidence that the attitude of the people can be decisive in war. That point will not surprise students of war- fare; they will recall that two great strat- egists stressed the central importance of having the people on your side. Focusing primarily on state-to-state conflict, Carl von Clausewitz coined the notion that war’s dominant tendencies make a “paradoxical trinity,” of which one pole comprises primordial violence, hatred, and enmity, a blind natural force. The passions, Clausewitz wrote, “that are to be kindled in war must already be in- herent in the people.” Concentrating on guerrilla warfare, Mao Tse-tung fa- mously wrote that “in the relationship that should exist between the people and the troops, the former may be lik- ened to water and the latter to the fish that inhabit it.”
Taylor, Paul D.
"Shining Path: Guerrilla War in Peru’s Northern Highlands, 1980–1997,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 60
, Article 17.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol60/iss3/17