The enemey of my enemy

Some say that the enemy of my enemy is a friend
But, what sort of a friendship is this?
What happens if there is a peace?
Can friendship based on enmity last?

The mind remembers reading
A painting of the battle of 5 armies
Enemies lined up running for battle
A mutual enemy attacking both

The enemy of my enemy is a more dangerous enemy
The thought itself is scary
Fighting leads to more fighting
Choosing someone else’s battles leads to destruction

There is a fight between passion and exhaustion
Pridefully holding on to one’s own position
Compromise seems impossible
That is, unless choosing which enemy to ally with!

Finally there is a conclusion, the only one possible
Resignation and sleep

I’m remembering some Tolkin that I read _The Hobbit_, and all sorts of political debate. Sometimes it all really seems kind of crazy, more so when we realize that for the most part the fighting is between well meaning people who want to make things better — just are afraid that the path chosen by the other is too dangerous. The weird thing is though, even people who want the same results are sometimes ready to do battle over the methods… others who are more sane fight with words.

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One comment on “The enemey of my enemy

  1. arielle81 says:

    Hello Michael,

    Hmmm, interesting.
    You and Tolkin make a good point.

    But, when it comes to the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, I think it is more of a stratigical expression used by people in desparate situations and who need allies for a very short period of time. There is no real trust there. Your enemy is still your enemy but, before you can fight with them you both have to remove the most pressing threat for each of you. An ugly means to an end. But war is never beautiful and rarely just.

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