|Sun Tzu said:
If the enemy's troops march up angrily and remain facing ours for a long
time without either joining battle or taking themselves off again, the situation
is one that demands great vigilance and circumspection.
|Lining up against you
without further action is an unusual tactic. It may be done to
unsettle you. It may be a precursor to an attack. It may be
distraction to gain your attention whilst subterfuge is carried on
Consider the situation with care. Be alert on all
fronts. Decide on your next moves with care. This could include
waiting them out.
|40. If our troops are no more in number than the enemy, that is amply
sufficient; it only means that no direct attack can be made. What we can do is
simply to concentrate all our available strength, keep a close watch on the
enemy, and obtain reinforcements.
|When you have many
tactics at your fingertips, then a direct conflict of two equal
forces is wasteful and risky. Better to use your superior skill in
|41. He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure
to be captured by them.
|Always think before
acting. Battles are won in the planning, even though the plans may
have to vary once battle commences.
If you are not prepared for
their moves, then their moves will likely be successful. All it
takes is one failure on your part and you lose the battle.