Sun Tzu's five rules for responding to dissipation by the use of offense as defense.
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This article explains how to respond to the Dissipating Situation that arises when we are targeted for an attack by a capable foe and, as a result, our supporters are likely to desert us to protect themselves. The response must both protect an existing position while avoiding meeting an overpowering opponent. The critical danger of the dissipating situation is that it undermines the unity of our supporters ([node:content/strategic-principle-day-171-strength-arises-unity link]).