the enemy of my enemy is my friend

1985 M. KORDA Queenie III. xiii. 347 In California, I’m an outsider. So is Wolff, so we’re natural allies. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” as I believe the Arabs say.

1992 MIEDER Dict. American Proverbs 181 The enemies of my enemies are my friends.

2000 New Yorker 25 Sept. 56/1 The enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend logic..dominates central-African politics.

2001 Spectator 24 Nov. 36 The hack right-wing answer..is to quote what the quoters claim to be ‘the old Arab proverb’: ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

2002 National Review 3 May (online ed.) Or was she [Barbie]—as conservatives insisted, taking the view that ‘the enemy of my feminist enemy is my friend’—simply good childhood fun?


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