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The Thirty-Six Stratagems by Peter Taylor

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33. Let the enemy’s own spy sow discord in the enemy camp

Undermine your enemy’s ability to fight by secretly causing discord between him and his friends, allies, advisors, family, commanders, soldiers and population. While he is preoccupied settling internal disputes, his ability to attack or defend, is compromised.

Cao Cao’s navy was defeated by Jhou Yu, a general of Wu and so he recruited generals Cai Mao and Jhang Yun, experts in naval battles, to rebuild his navy.

When the news reached Jhou Yu he decided that both generals needed to be removed in order to prevent any future threat. When Cao Cao learned that Jhou Yu was enquiring about his new navy he became very concerned. At this point Jiang Gan, a subordinate famous for his eloquence, ...

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