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    enemy's resistance without actually fighting.

    But there is an existential "speak softly and carry a big stick" quality to this philosophy.

    Any strategy based on nonviolence relies on one of two things: either the enemy has enough humanity that they will not kill you; or you will win sympathy with others who will kick their ass if they try.  In other words, nonviolence is based on either blind foolish optimism, or violence.

    Note that that's only at the most fundamental level- since the odds are that only the leadership of the enemy organization is truly evil, if the agreements that bind an organization together (be they lies, bribes, or promises) can be severed, then an organization will collapse on its own.  But nonviolence isn't going to stop sociopaths completely.

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