In Risk,many players usually fear someone growing too strong to threaten you.Face such strong emeny,most of the players would choose to "directly clash" with them.And consequently,they found that they have to pay the high price for weakening their rivals.
Well,many players may think that,"You're wrong,Alan.If we don't do anything to stop them,then their power will be unstoppable and shatter our force."Yes,we have to "do something" to "contain" these powerful opponents,but we have to avoid the "direct conflict" with them.Everyone may doubt,how to do that?Have you still remembered one of my story in Zizhi Tongjian?Indeed,I missed some parts of the story about how three weaker families defeated the powerful Zhi.
The arrogant count of Zhi asked three weaker families for terrtories.The monarch of Wei(one of these three families) wanted to refuse such unreasonable request.However,his wise ministers advised him not to do so and obey what the count of Zhi said.He quoted the words of one Chinese book(about "natural law" and "moral") to persuading the monarch.Now let us watch these passages,
"If you want to contain him,you have to expand him;If you want to weaken him,you have to strengthen him;If you want to destroy him,you have to prosper him;If you want to seize him,you have to give him.This is the expectation of wisdom,it means the way of the weak overcome the strong.Just like the fish can't leave the soft abyss,the great weapon can't be shown easily,to display your persistence."(Tao Te Ching,chapter 36)
This expectation is achieved in my example.The count of Zhi's proud and strong bring him more emenies,Han and Wei betrayed him when he striked Zhao.He was defeated and killed finally in the tragedy.Does Wei's victory costed him much losses?No,because all the suffer is attributed to Zhao.
=== Opinion Corner ===
Does anyone understand what is this strategy?Why should do so?Please share your views here.Later I will glad to discover the answer.