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_sphinx_, February 18, 2007 in Poll Station
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Depend on the motive of the "new friend" is.....
can be, but there are more than two kinds of people in the world
Generally, don't over-think it.
Without overthinking it i will say YES.
Yes I agree to the concept.
If they wanna help me destroy my enemy then sure.
I disagree. They could be ###### as well.
I don't have any enemies for a start, just mutual dislikes. I can't be bothered with holding grudges unless someone does something really bad, and then I just tend to avoid them rather than have some silly feud.
Nope, they could be your enemies too
Then wouldn't that make them just all enemies and thus you would need to find the enemy of all your enemies to then be your friend :p
It would, but then again it doesn't state that tyour enemies' enemy is not your enemy.
US Exterior policy is a good example of why this isn't good. Give millions of dollars wrth of equipment to Bin Laden to fight russians and then it backfires. Also give lots of support to Hussein to fight Iran and in the future it backfires.
no one can be trusted
The correct answer I believe is "for now".
But it's this kind of thinking that causes ongoing conflict...
Example: Back in the 80's, America's "enemy" was (for all intents and purposes) the former USSR (cold war, etc). However, Afghanistan was the USSRs enemy - so it suited America to see Afghanistani fighters as their "friends" FOR NOW.
That worked out well...
Wasn't this supposed to apply to war? I think you may have taken it out of context. If your opponant has an enemy, then strategic advantage would dictate you attempt to gain them as an ally.
I think you may have taken it out of context. If your opponant has an enemy, then strategic advantage would dictate you attempt to gain them as an ally.
To an extent. I think short term, yes. But if not handled well you end up creating more enemies yourself.
No, no - the comment was directed towards the topic starter. I think he's taken the quote out of context and is applying it to everyday life - when infact it's more suited to a war situation.
Oh 100% agree. Doesn't work on a personal level at all. It is not a "war" thing but more of an "international relations" quote I believe.
no.no one can be trusted
You can be careful. Remember, common goal is a very strong motive for people to help each other out. I agree though, people aren't as trustworthy as they once were and this is why I asked the question in the first place. Are you ready to take the risk?
Nope. This only implies that your enemy has another enemy, which could be a friend or foe towards you.
The enemy of my friend is the enemies friend enemy which then can also be your friend.
The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy because I cannot risk the enemy of my enemy loosing their enemy so that they can make enemies with me therefore said enemy of my enemy is my enemy to begin with so that they do not become an actual enemy of mine....if you can comprehend this at all.
It's like "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer."
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