A basic rule of covert ops is let someone else do your dirty work. Let someone else find the guy you want to kill. It’s a great technique, as long as you’re not – the someone else.
Assassination is one percent shooting, ninety-nine percent preparation: anticipating moves, devising approaches, recruiting sources, finding the perfect opportunity so the bullet’s almost an after-thought. Usually that’s when a target’s on the move, when there are too many variables to control them all… There are ways to lessen the risk: an armed escort, taking an unpredictable route to your destination, having back-up in a trail car. But ultimately, as long as the assassin knows where you’re going, they have the upper hand.
Fighting is often about tactical retreats like running away from two knives. It’s also about knowing how to make the body count unacceptable.