I was listening again to one of my favorite Wu-Tang side projects, DJ Muggs and the GZA's collaboration Grandmasters, when this RZA line popped out at me: "In this high tech world of fire wire and microchip/ We still keep the four-five clip, filled with the spiral tip."
This is sound advice that Colin S. Gray (echoing Clausewitz) would agree with:
"Many people confuse the nature of war with its character. The former is universal and eternal and does not alter, whereas the latter is always in flux. This distinction is not just a fine academic point, with no real-world resonance worthy of note. It matters enormously if you believe that your favorite idea or innovative technology is going to change the nature, as opposed to only the character, of war."
So in essence, if you see a man in baggy pants and massive amounts of jewelry moving around Stapleton, NY with a "gun the size of a black hole" it's because he recognizes the nature of war is eternal even though its character is constantly changing.
Nevertheless, RZA and the Wu-Tang are no stodgy "Colonel Blimp" types, as evidenced by their early (and vocal) support for swarm tactics in warfare. As RZA also notes in the Wu-Tang Manual, the Wu have also borrowed organizational structures from both the corporate and criminal worlds to advance their interests--currently settling on the "Conglomerate" model.
We also know that the Wu-Tang are consummate realists (in the International Relations sense) from the song "Da Glock," a hidden track on the Iron Flag album. In this song, the Wu elucidate many reasons they were happy they had brought a Glock semiautomatic pistol with them--which allowed them to dispense with a host of adversaries ranging from rowdy partygoers to al-Qaeda terrorists. Although the Wu-Tang are no longer Offensive Realists, they still think that when in doubt you should take the Glock with you.