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The Art of War
Sun Tzu

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11.1-11.72 continued


[11.65] The concern of warfare is that operations are in accord with the enemy's intentions.

[11.66] If one then concentrates his strength on the enemy, killing his general a thousand kilometers away, this is called achieving objectives through wit and skill. 

[11.67] Therefore, on the day war is declared, close off all borders, destroy all passports, and do not allow their envoys to pass. 

[11.68] Go through your plans in the templeand bring about the execution of those plans. 

[11.69] If the enemy presents an opportunity, take advantage of it. 

[11.70] Attack what he values most. 

[11.71] Do not advance on any fixed day or time;* calculate and adapt to the enemy* to determine the matter of doing battle. 

[11.72] Therefore, be like a maiden;once the enemy opens the door, be like a scurrying hare.* The enemy will be unable to prevail. 



11.60 the enemy's intentions. They're discoverable by using spies, the subject of Chapter 13. 
11.68 Go through your plans in the temple. Contemplate quietly and seriously the decision to go to war, as if in a temple. The cost is high (in life, land, money, future animosity).
11.71 Do not advance on any fixed day or time...adapt to the enemy. Be inscrutable/secretive; be flexible.
11.72 like a a scurrying hare. The meaning, say scholars (note the female stereotype in #1): 

  1. be like a maiden = be like an enticing young woman; lure the enemy into relaxing its guard/becoming vulnerable
  2. be like a scurrying hare = quickly take advantage of the enemy's weakness to gain dominance/end the conflict
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