3.6

Chapter: Attack by Stratagem 3.6
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Translation:

Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.

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Commentary

The best way of fighting is to avoid fighting. The best way to win a war is with superior strategy that out-thinks, out-plans and out-maneuvers the enemy such that they are forced to concede or else suffer a humiliating defeat.