The Twisted Logic of The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

The Twisted Logic of The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Recent news and memes circulating moved me to research the old phrase The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend (TEOMEIMF). From the Wiki: The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an ancient proverb which suggests that two opposing parties can or should work together against a common enemy. The earliest known expression of this concept is found in a Sanskrit treatise on statecraft, the Arthashastra, which dates to around the 4th century BC, while the first recorded use of the current English version came in 1884.

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Trump supporters seem to have taken this old proverb to heart. Here is the logic. Hillary Clinton is an enemy of Trump. Hillary is an enemy of Putin. Trump is my friend. Putin is my friend. We will not go into the why, but suffice to say most Trump supporters see Hillary as their despised enemy.

In this alternate reality fueled by hate, logic does not apply and Putin is now the friend (term used loosely ? I am saying they have a favorable opinion of him) of most Trump supporters. It is amazing how fear and hate can drive people to completely illogical conclusions. They have more enmity for Hillary than Putin and that is illogical. I can understand disliking her but she is not trying to destroy the US.

Russia and Putin do not want the best for the United States. We are their most formidable enemy. Without a doubt, Russia disrupted the last election. The only questions are to what extent and whether the Trump election team was involved in any way. The old proverb does not apply in this case.

Hillary does not matter anymore. She is done for. Yet, thousands will chant ?lock her up? at rallies today. Their hate is so intense, they cannot see the faulty logic of looking at Putin as some kind of ally. And, since Trump is her enemy, he can also do anything even when not in his supporters best interest and they will overlook, defend, or rationalize the policy or law because, hey ? Trump and his supporters have Hillary as a common enemy.

And, in this alternate reality, that is enough.

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