6.12

Chapter: Weak Points and Strong 6.12
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Translation:

If we do not wish to fight, we can prevent the enemy from engaging us even though the lines of our encampment be merely traced out on the ground. All we need do is to throw something odd and unaccountable in his way.

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Commentary

An advancing army is cautious in case of traps and deception. You can hence deceive by suggesting deception. This will halt them until the suspected problem is resolved.

Such bluffing can require bold moves. There is a story of a city being attacked that suddenly threw open its gates to reveal not defenders but people sweeping the ground. Filled with suspicion, the attackers retreated.