One of the most intriguing periods in the history of CHina is during the era of the Three Kingdoms. It was after the end of Han Dynasty. The Three kingdoms were Shu, Wai, and Wu.
Wai’s leader was Chao Chao, a most shrewd politician and master strategist. He was actually the Prime minister in the Court of the last Han emperors, but with his huge personal power and army loyal to him, the emperor was only a puppet and Chao Chao was the de facto emperor. After he passed away, his son was not so kind, and the Han emperor had to abdicate and thus ending the Han Dynasty and started the Wai Kingdom. Chao Chao was , in the folklore, considered bad, and in Beijing Opera, he was always the black face.
If Chao Chao was shrewd, his oponents were of different kinds. The kingdom of Shu was founded by Liu Pei, who was supposedly kind and placed the people before himself. He had many able generals to help him, and in the folklore that was passed generations down, he was supposed to be the white face and the good one.
The third kingdom was the kingdom of Wu, present day Jiangsu and my ancestral home. This kingdom was founded by Xun Quan, a aristocrat in the south whose father and elder brother actually did the work of conquering the surrounding areas, and left it to him to enjoy the spoilt of their efforts. He was considered not brilliant but not foolish either, and was capable of making important political decisions. He was initially allied with Shu , since Shu and Wu were smaller than Wai, and had lesser resources.
In the famous battle, Cher Pi, as depicted in the War movie, Redcliff, a million of the Wai soldiers were defeated by tens of thousands of soldiers, the total combined strength of SHu and Wu.
One of the main strategists of winning this war was Chu Ke Liang, and he was the prime minister of Shu in later part of the story.
So when Shu and Wu combined, Wai could not beat them despite the numerically superior army.
There was a Chinese saying that ” when you unite for too long, youwill split; when you split for too long , you will unite”. How true it was.
In later part, because of territorial quarrels, Wu and Shu split, after Wu killed Guan Yu. SHu attacked Wu, despite the warning and advice by CHu Ke Liang that Wu and Shu once split, would be no match for Wai.
To make the story short, After the death of Liu Pi and later on Chu Ke Liang, Shu was conquered by army controlled by General Shi Ma from Wai, and later on Wu was also annihilated. And Finally, history repeated itself when SHi Ma Chou and his descendants forced the Wai emperor to abdicate and thus ending the era of the Three Kingdoms, and signalled the start of Jin Dynasty.
I told this story to show that when there are three factions , whichever 2 factions that teamed up would have an advantage over the third faction.
Remember the organisation with Top Ong, DVD Chai and the Brutuses?
Initially , when the Top Ong fought with DVD Chai, a small group voted one way on one resolution and another way on another resolution and by doing so,almost succeeded in forcing both Ong and Chai out. This group consisted of people who learned from Brutus.
When Brutuses saw their chances, they started back stabbing the Top Ong, but then the Top Ong unexpected teamed up with DVD Chai the no 2 who was his nemesis. So the Brutuses were left high and dry , and some even cried openly in press conference.
Now, suddenly, the Top Ong was played out. The DVD Chai suddenly teamed up with all the Brutuses and whatever unity plan was thrown to the winds.
This was backstabbing that pierced the heart. The Top Ong is now doomed. How is he going to muster enough forces to fight the combined strength of the other 2? It was like Shu being played out by the combined forces of Wai and Wu , that resulted in the death of one of the Chinese legends Guan Yu.
I do not think the Brutus would linked up with Top Ong anymore. The biggest winner was the DvD Chai, who was almost as shrewd as Chao Chao, on a much smaller scale of course. I said almost, because despite all the opera showing Chao Chao as black face, he was never caught with his pants down..
SO a person caught with his pants down is likely to be the Top now, and the one who backstabbed his boss is supposed to be No.2. What happened to this organisation? Are there no shame to be led by a person with his pants down?
WIll the foreign press ask why he was caught with his pants down if ever he goes overseas next time, especially if he represents the country? I would feel ashamed to have this type representing the country. I would also feel ashamed to be associated with the Brutuses , who can do about turn and have no qualms about morality and no shame.
This organisation was involved in fights times and again, since the feng shui is not very good. But this batch was the worse, and had no class at all. See, in this country, everything has become so medicore, that even the party fight in this organisation has become so medicore and so disgusting..
Disgusting, that is the word to use!! Hopefully the delegates would do the sensible things to vote all these fellows out !!!