4.5

Chapter: Tactical Positions 4.5
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Translation:

Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.

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Commentary

To avoid losing, you must be able to defend. Knowing this, you can spend too much on building a strong defense.

To win, however, you must be able to attack. And so you must also plan and prepare for winning attacks.

Chang Yu said: “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.”
6. Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.