"Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves
who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets
that they cannot separately plunder a third.
Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) American Civil War soldier, humorist, writer
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And now that one thief is no longer around, the remaining thief is free to plunder wherever and whenever he desires. GWB put it ever so nicely when, on the results of his election, he said - "I now have a mandate from the American people. I can now do whatever I want!" Oh, what a shining ego!
 -- john-douglas, nassau     
    Very True.
    Very True Indeed.
     -- Irrev. Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Van Dongen(-)Mes] Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine County), BC(SU),USoEh!(USoA)     
     -- Anonymous      
    Its neither true nor humorous, a waste of words.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    True and funny.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    It ain't funny. If it is true why is it not true of all alliances. Why are alliances between "nations" any more evil than alliances between any thing else (cities, counties, states, people).
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler, if the "alliances" are formed by "governments", its pretty much a given that someone is stealing something from someone...what with governments comprising largely of thieves and con men.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    This made me laugh, and then cry (not really, as I am over the wave of anger that engulfed me when I first learned about the state of our world, and our governments role in it)........after investigating the current, and past events of our world (and governments) I have found this to be true. But things are-a-changin and that you can take to the bank (oh, do NOT even get me started on the International bankers!)
     -- krista, palm springs     
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    It's not so funny because it IS true.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Lamentably, the character of fallen human character is such that supposed cooperation will commonly, if not characteristically, assume the form of conspiracy.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
    In the context given, really funny as well as a fun observation.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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