8.10

Chapter: Variation in Tactics 8.10
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Translation:

Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; and make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point.

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Commentary

Here are three ways of gaining advantage.

1. Inflicting damage that reduces their ability to fight and throws their plans into disarray.

2. Making trouble for them that keeps them busy and steadily exhausts them.

3. Proffering bait, especially when they are oppressed and will grasp at straws, which can lure them into ambush.