Thomas Molineaux, - Thomas Molineaux English 101-079 The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend Apparently Not Often times when two parties are in conflict

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Thomas Molineaux English 101-079 The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend? Apparently Not Often times when two parties are in conflict the weaker party will seek help in order to defeat the stronger party. History has shown countless times, especially in wars, that a weaker power can be victorious with aid from an ally. Therefore it would seem to make more sense to always seek help when in a fight. However, following the terrorist attacks on the world trade centers in New York City and our subsequent declaration of war on Iraq and Terrorism, there was never any formation of an alliance between our two enemies. The two leaders of these groups, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, were constantly fighting the United States, yet never appeared to come together and combine their efforts. Hussein and Bin Laden were brilliant by conventional standards of intelligence, thus it is inconceivable to believe that the two did not see the potential benefits of coming together to fight the United States. Therefore the absence of an alliance raises the question: Given their interest of removing United States influence and presence from the Middle East, why did an alliance between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein never materialize? Navin Bapat, a professor at the University of Chapel Hill, attempted to answer this question through active research on the subject in his work titled: Perfect Allies? The Case of Iraq and Al Qaeda. Bapat explains why the two did not ally using previous work based on bargaining and alliances. His explanation touches on the fears of opportunism and their
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course SOCI 100 taught by Professor Mcgee during the Spring '10 term at East Carolina University .

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Thomas Molineaux, - Thomas Molineaux English 101-079 The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend Apparently Not Often times when two parties are in conflict

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