No bit of common wisdom is more unwise than the notion that an enemy’s enemy is a friend.
An old joke goes that you don’t have to run faster than a bear, you have to outrun whoever you are with. That might be true at that moment, but if you let a bear get a taste for human flesh, you will be alone the next time it is hungry.
The last several weeks have provided the tragically comic results of this impractical thinking through the twisted left-wing politics of intersectionality. Over the years, radical Islamists have proudly and routinely videoed themselves tossing homosexuals from building tops in the Middle East as a form of cruel torture and execution.
Nonetheless, we have seen the emergence of “Queers for Palestine” and other LGBT groups protesting in favor of the Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel.
While the LGBT crowd may not like Israel, aligning themselves with Hamas and the Islamists seems dangerously ill-advised.
Such poorly considered alliances are not the sole domain of permanently aggrieved leftists. This occurs with frustrating regularity on the right, as well.
Republicans fighting internal battles over matters of policy will shift to the politics of personal destruction by embracing attacks against other conservatives from leftist media sources. They will embrace vile misinformation and outright lies spun by leftists if it gives a leg up against those viewed as “foes” for prestige, perceived power, or access to donors.
The crony establishment of the GOP thinks nothing of propping up dying left-wing entities when they are attacking grassroots conservatives. And, yes, vice versa.
Those who bemoan the sorry state of the leftist-controlled press will gleefully share articles against fellow conservatives with whom they have a disagreement – even knowing it to be untrue or the sources to be shoddy.
In doing so, they embrace an avowed enemy who will next attack them.
Hamas is happy for the rhetorical support from LGBT activists against Israel, but the Islamists will, at the first opportunity, torture and execute the homosexuals within their reach.
The same goes for those Republicans who collude today with the left-wing attacks against conservatives.
Feeding an irksome frenemy to an alligator in the fray of an internecine fight might feel good, but it ignores that the alligator will next be looking to feed on you.
The enemy of my enemy is unlikely to have my best interests at heart. We must fight our own battles without making unholy alliances.