I’ve been given a lot of advice over the years, but this one has always stuck with me:
“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
– Michael Corleone, The Godfather II
We’ve all had situations with ‘enemies’ at one time or another, and that’s the situation it seems like this country is dealing with in Iraq.
It’s bad. Those ISIS terrorists are taking over.
And look who’s talking now? There are reports that Iran is offering to help figure all this out.
Iran! That holocaust-denying, America-and-Israel-hating Iran — offering to figure out the mess.
Sure, history is filled with enemies offering to become our friends, like Germany and Japan — sometimes you can kiss and make up, no matter how bad the fight was.
But what happens when you’re mean-spirited? Is it ever possible to hold hands?
We could follow Abraham Lincoln’s advice: “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend.’
But… Iran is the last frenemy any of us needs right now. If they come knocking, offering a hand to help, there’s another line from the Godfather for them.
“You’re nothing to me now.”