My Enemy’s Enemy

It sometimes seems as if the maxim, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is hard-wired into human beings, even though it is not invariably good advice. It is all the more strange, therefore, that some people seem unable to get their heads around the possibility that, if we are fighting another country, then those who have fled that country’s regime to live among us are not necessarily our enemies. Many Europeans, for example, were quite unable to tell the difference between ayatollahs and refugees from those same ayatollahs.

Posted on December 20, 2011 at 11:46 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!, Resistance Is Futile, Miscellaneous

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  1. Written by urban
    on December 20, 2011 at 13:25
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    Simple visual resemblance trumps all else in determining who is “like me” and who is “other”. One smugly expects that sort of superficial thinking among primitives, but we have a hard time facing that we are primitives.

    I am reminded of the comments of some retardican lawmaker after returning from Guantanomo. You could tell these were evil men just by looking at them. Nevermind that all but a handful have been cleared and released or would have been released if there was anyplace for them to go. You could tell just by looking at them, meaning nothing more than, “they don’t look like me. I am good. Therefore they are evil.”

  2. Written by Hugo Grinebiter
    on December 20, 2011 at 14:09
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    Alternatively, Urban, the prisoners were evil because they were glaring at the retardican in a hostile manner. Gee, now I wonder why they would do that? As well as being dominated by visual resemblance, we are also unable to distinguish cause and effect.

  3. Written by urban
    on December 20, 2011 at 14:49
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    Which puts us firmly in line with contemporary particle Physics.

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