Therefore, the fundamental principle is that no battle, combat, or skirmish is to be fought unless it will be won.
(Guerrilla Warfare; Ernesto "Che" Guevara)
Can the usage of the future tense be justified here?
(Or had I better close this translation?)
Thank you, bhaisahab and 5jj!
Could you elaborate on this?
I know I lack imagination at times, but what other tense could you use there?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
We will all be enslaved unless the battle is won. (But we will not be enslaved if the battle is won. We are talking about future possibilities.)
You are not to fight unless the battle will be won. (You are to fight only if there is a certainty of winning. We are not talking about possibilities)
"No battle is to be fought unless it has been won (in your mind - according to your plan, strategy, logic)."
But otherwise I can see now why it doesn't work.
Still not understanding the logic.