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Beyond the superficial truth of the first part of this statement, what do you think about the over-all meaning of this Joseph Heller quote - and do you think it has any metaphorical (or other) relevance to African America these days?

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

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Friendly fire? (or whatever that expression is)

So, a service man who happens to kill a fellow service man, unintentionally and/or by some form of neglect, is "the enemy"??

I think the idea calls for distinction instead of lumping every "killer" into one group. That's not even done by our Crim. Justice system. There are always grades and degrees, although I can acknowledge that an argument can be made for drug dealer, etc. or whomever would be viewed as "The Internal Enemy" of Black People...
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Beyond the superficial truth of the first part of this statement, what do you think about the over-all meaning of this Joseph Heller quote - and do you think it has any metaphorical (or other) relevance to African America these days?

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.


Metaphorically speaking, the quote is relevant to us in that our enemies can be both inside and outside our ethnicity.

The rugged individualist, who may or may not identify himself as a conservative, and seeks to dissuade us from creating a society with more parity for everyone is our enemy. The willfully ignorant other man who insists his misinterpretation of our reality is what's right is our enemy.

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