CHAPTER 3 Attack By Strategem

故上兵伐謀, 其次伐交, 其次伐兵, 下政攻城
Destroy the enemy’s plan is the best.

攻城之法為不得已。修槽鎮輕、具器械、三月而後成
During the war, we need a full preparation to besiege a walled city. It will spend a lot of time.

將不勝其忿, 而儀附之
The general may lose their patience before the engines of attacking prepared.

拔人之城而非攻也, 人之國而非久也。
Therefore, the skilled generals will overthrow their kingdom without any operations. They will not harm individuals but destroy the government. The typical instance is the Wu … Read all/全文

Waging War

故兵聞拙速,未睹巧之久也。
If you exposed a war too long, even you are ingenious, you will make a mistake. leave a little to your opponent.

力屈,財襌(殫),中原內需於家,百姓之費,十去其七
Waging a war, you need to forage on your enemy.

故殺敵者, 怒也;取敵之利者, 貨也 Kill your enemy from the power generated by your anger, get benefits from your foe.

Laying plans 1

sovereign should have moral law.

Before the war, you should think about whether moral law is sit on your side, if not, you lose Heaven.

Before the war, you should create the situation for success, and make the plan for better circumstances.

兵者, 龍道也。

All warfare is based on deception, so we should deceive both of our friends and enemies.

If your opponent is bad temper, irritate him. Observe your enemy, if they are in ease, make him not rest, if they are united, separate him.

The goal … Read all/全文