Originally Posted By: Sini
Russia stuff

So noted. While I don't entirely disagree, what I fear is overplay.

If you have ever played Go, you know that the most effective method to stop a territorial advance is a soft encirclement, while keeping your foundations firm, and letting your opponent over extend into untenable positions. Trying to match your opponent move for move, and engaging in an aggressive fighting style, is needlessly risky when you already hold the upper hand, and only opens yourself up to small mistakes that lead to major losses. I think that metaphor is applicable here.

For who could be free when every other man's humour might domineer over him? - John Locke (2nd Treatise, sect 57)