i was just going by what he said.Why would he support them? It's pointless. He'll just send resources from his bigger ones to the small ones so they can build up troops fast. You'd lose more troops than it'd be worth to keep them clear then.
but my point is if there is 2 small enemy villages near me i'm taking those first then getting the bigger village,why give the enemy time to grow,right next door to me or get support in them?