The enemy of my enemy

November 19, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More

I see lots of upside to Al-Qaeda’s use of a racial slur to demean President-elect Barack Obama.  Perhaps these racial slurs will wake up some of those rabid Palinites who thought that Barack Obama was doing the bidding of Al-Qaeda all along.

Consider, also, that many conservatives are xenophobically patriotic.   When Al-Qaeda craps on our new President, then, many conservatives might feel patriotism welling up inside of them in a way that causes them to close ranks to protect their new leader:  “How dare they taunt MY President.  If Obama is the enemy of my enemy, perhaps he is actually my friend.”


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    I noticed long ago that the American neoconservative movement and the Islamist movement are philosophically the same, but with different players.

    Note: Islamism is something different from Islam see

    The Islamist movement is founded on a belief the the majority of the population consists of people that are too selfish and will place their own desires above those of the society. The neo-con similarly believe that the majority are unable to decide what is best for the country.

    The Islamists believe that society government must be a republic, run under the stewardship of the religious leaders. The neocons promote an ideal of morality based on the Christian church and a literal intrepretation of selected parts of the bible.

    The Islamists see all that disagree with them as enemies to be destroyed.

    The neo-con … well, look around and decide for youself.

    The Islamist seek to spread their beliefs and control world wide. So do the neo-cons.

    Both groups are anti-democratic. Both seek to put power in the hands of a small elite group. Leader of both groups assume that they will be that elite.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Niklaus: Well summarized.

    What you've pointed out reminds me of one of Eric Hoffer points:

    Though they seem at opposite poles, fanatics of all kinds are actually crowded together at one end. It is the fanatic and the moderate who are poles apart and never meet. The fanatics of various hues eye each other with suspicion and are ready to fly at each other’s throats. But they are neighbors and almost of one family.

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