3.2

Chapter: Attack by Stratagem 3.2
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Translation:

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

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Commentary

If the enemy sees that you can defeat them with ease, then few will seek simply to fight to an inevitable and inglorious death.

Kindness in capture also weakens resolve and frames you as morally, as well as strategically, superior.