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* For the 2022 Hungarian election ''all'' the opposition joined together to oppose Viktor Orban. And that means literally ''all''. Every party with parliamentary representation that is not an Orban ally from Greens and Socialists to the far-right xenophobic Jobbik. To be fair, Jobbik although it use to be a literally neo-Fascist party passed through a series of reforms to "soften" up a lot, to the point that some scholar locate it now to the left of Orban's Fidesz party.
* Similarly to Hungary, Israel 2021 election see the anti-Netanyahu bloc comprise of left wing parties like Labour and Meretz, centrists like Lapid, right-wing like New Hope and Yisrael Beintenu and (possibly) far-right like Yamani. In the opposite side Netanyahu has tried so hard to remain in power that he is positioning Muslims in high ranking places for the first time for a Likud candidate and is at the same time allied to the strongly anti-Muslim religious parties. He also has been making efforts to proselytize among the Arab-Israelies whilst having alliances with racist anti-Arab kahanist parties.

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* For the 2022 Hungarian election ''all'' the opposition joined together to oppose Viktor Orban. And that means literally ''all''. Every party with parliamentary representation that is not an Orban ally from Greens and Socialists to the far-right xenophobic Jobbik. To be fair, Jobbik although it use to be a literally neo-Fascist party passed through a series of reforms to "soften" up a lot, to the point that some scholar scholars locate it now to the left of Orban's Fidesz party.
* Similarly to Hungary, Israel 2021 election see the anti-Netanyahu bloc comprise of left wing parties like Labour and Meretz, centrists like Lapid, right-wing like New Hope and Yisrael Beintenu and (possibly) far-right like Yamani. In the opposite side Netanyahu has tried so hard to remain in power that he is positioning Muslims in high ranking places for the first time for a Likud candidate and is at the same time allied to the strongly anti-Muslim religious parties. He also has been making efforts to proselytize among the Arab-Israelies Arab-Israelis whilst having alliances with racist anti-Arab kahanist parties.


** Well, Trump himself at the international level was able to unite some very strange people both for him and against him. Left-wing figures like Kim Jong Il and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador were his allies while right-wing to far-right figures like Jair Bolsonaro, Viktor Orban, Marine Le Pen, the Spanish Vox party, Vladimir Putin (according to some) among others also were strong supporters. On the opposite side his opponents or at least harsh critics came from a variety from left to rights including the likes of Angela Merkel, Pope Francis, Emanuel Macron, Pedro Sanchez, Pablo Casado, Nicolas Maduro, Daniel Ortega, the Dalai Lama, Mitt Romney, etc.
** Both Benjamin Netanyahu and The Taliban made call to vote for Donald Trump.
** Trump was also popular with both right-wing Jewish and White supremacist who do not normally get along. The reasons for this are complex, but in its more basic level a lot of Jews are happy with his strong pro-Israel stance and the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem whilst White Supremacist like his immigration policies. This phenomenon already happened in Europe where lots of far-right people like Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen realice that been pro-Israeli and anti-Muslim is better and lots of European neo-Nazis also recognize that worrying about the tiny Jew minority nowadays is dumb and they better focus on Muslims.




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* For the 2022 Hungarian election ''all'' the opposition joined together to oppose Viktor Orban. And that means literally ''all''. Every party with parliamentary representation that is not an Orban ally from Greens and Socialists to the far-right xenophobic Jobbik. To be fair, Jobbik although it use to be a literally neo-Fascist party passed through a series of reforms to "soften" up a lot, to the point that some scholar locate it now to the left of Orban's Fidesz party.
* Similarly to Hungary, Israel 2021 election see the anti-Netanyahu bloc comprise of left wing parties like Labour and Meretz, centrists like Lapid, right-wing like New Hope and Yisrael Beintenu and (possibly) far-right like Yamani. In the opposite side Netanyahu has tried so hard to remain in power that he is positioning Muslims in high ranking places for the first time for a Likud candidate and is at the same time allied to the strongly anti-Muslim religious parties. He also has been making efforts to proselytize among the Arab-Israelies whilst having alliances with racist anti-Arab kahanist parties.



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* In the NonFiction book ''Literature/TheYankeePlague,'' countless Confederate deserters and their families help fleeing Union prisoners (and occasionally accompany them to Union lines). Not all of them are sympathetic to the Union's goals, but they recognize that the sooner the Confederacy falls, the sooner they can come out of hiding.


* During the 60s, the Nation of Islam cooperated with the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan in opposing the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. While both parties held racist views each other, they both hated the notion of racial integration, believing that white and black Americans could never peacefully co-exist even if races mixed. In fact, it wasn't uncommon for white segregationist and Neo-Nazis to attend meetings with the Nation or quote its leaders. However, this alliance did lead to the Nation's most prominent member, UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, quitting the organization.

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* During the 60s, the Nation of Islam cooperated with the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan in opposing the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. While both parties held racist views each other, they both hated the notion of racial integration, believing that white and black Americans could never peacefully co-exist even if races mixed. In fact, it wasn't uncommon for white segregationist and Neo-Nazis to attend meetings rallys with the Nation or quote its leaders. However, this alliance did lead to the Nation's some members, most prominent member, notably UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, quitting the organization.Nation as they weren't pleased with the notion of working with the same racists who threatened their lives.


* In a truly bizarre case of both this and GoKartingWithBowser, UsefulNotes/MarcusGarvey (leader of the Back-to-Africa movement) was friends with Earnest Sevier Cox, a vicious white supremacist and eugenicist, and his fellow segregationists. Why? Garvey felt that the only way for black people to be freed from discrimination was to simply start their own country: this was ''great'' for Cox, who believed that miscegenation led to the downfall of civilizations, and that America needed to be completely free of nonwhite influence in order to thrive. Together they collaborated on the repatriation movement, advertising each other's writings and speaking at each other's events. When Garvey was imprisoned, [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege Cox went to the Secretary of Labor personally to ask him to pardon Garvey]], and even after Garvey was deported, they wrote each other letters and referred to each other fondly in writings. Cox even dedicated a book to him.

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* In a truly bizarre case of both this and GoKartingWithBowser, UsefulNotes/MarcusGarvey (leader of the Back-to-Africa movement) was friends with Earnest Sevier Cox, a vicious white supremacist and eugenicist, and his fellow segregationists. Why? Garvey felt that the only way for black people to be freed from discrimination was to simply start their own country: country; this was ''great'' for Cox, who believed that miscegenation led to the downfall of civilizations, and that America needed to be completely free of nonwhite influence in order to thrive. Together they collaborated on the repatriation movement, advertising each other's writings and speaking at each other's events. When Garvey was imprisoned, [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege Cox went to the Secretary of Labor personally to ask him to pardon Garvey]], and even after Garvey was deported, they wrote each other letters and referred to each other fondly in writings. Cox even dedicated a book to him.him.
* During the 60s, the Nation of Islam cooperated with the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan in opposing the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. While both parties held racist views each other, they both hated the notion of racial integration, believing that white and black Americans could never peacefully co-exist even if races mixed. In fact, it wasn't uncommon for white segregationist and Neo-Nazis to attend meetings with the Nation or quote its leaders. However, this alliance did lead to the Nation's most prominent member, UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, quitting the organization.


** Some feminists and men's rights activists will sometimes agree on support for research on male contraception, feminists because it shifts the contraception burden away from women alone, men's rights activists because women bodily autonomy give them too much power, and both because of arguments on how sex feels with/without a condom. They can't agree on why it doesn't exist yet, though: feminists think men are just too sensitive and can't stand what women have tolerated for decades, while men's rights activists tend to resort to conspiracy theories.

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** Some feminists and men's rights activists will sometimes agree on support for research on male contraception, feminists because it shifts the contraception burden away from women alone, men's rights activists because women bodily autonomy give them too much power, and both because of arguments on how sex feels with/without a condom. They can't agree on why it doesn't exist yet, though: feminists think men are just too sensitive and can't stand what women have tolerated for decades, while men's rights activists tend to resort to conspiracy theories.though.



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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_uprising_in_Herat 2001 uprising in Herat]] pitted the US and Iran against the Taliban.



* The September 11 attacks brought a few of these out of the woodwork, as governments who aren't exactly known for their fondness of the American government condemned the attacks and the terrorism that caused them. Among these governments? ''Iran, North Korea and the Taliban''. (At least officially.)
* The Islamist militant group and former unrecognized proto-state officially known as "the Islamic State"[[note]]also called "the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) or "the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).[[/note]] was a major belligerent in the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars from 2013 to 2019. In the huge MeleeATrois and GambitPileup that was the former, just about the only consistent factional alignment was that the Islamic State fought against everybody else, no exceptions. This led to some weird situations, such as the Syrian Arab Army fighting alongside the secessionist Kurdish YPG militias against IS in Qamishli' the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah collaborating to expel IS when thousands of their troops attempted to infiltrate Lebanon through the Syrian border; and, most notably, the American and Russian air forces in Syria bombing IS forces while supporting the same proxy group (the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces) and sharing intelligence to avoid accidentally hitting each other's special forces on the ground-- all while, in other parts of Syria, they funded different factions (the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government) who are fighting a brutal war with each other. Best summed up [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/17/the_middle_east_friendship_chart.html by this chart]]. [[http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/06/12/3447800/iraq-syria-chart/ And this chart]]. [[http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3235758-155/trump-mattershttpwwwsltribcomhome3224420-155bagley-cartoon-trump-matters-spirit-of-the-seasonhttpw And this cartoon by Pat Bagley]].
** In the early stages of the Syrian Civil War, Al-Qaeda-backed Islamists were this to secular factions like the Free Syrian Army. Despite their intense and mutual disdain for one another, both sides shared a common goal in getting rid of Bashar al-Assad. The beleaguered and poorly-armed FSA came to value these Islamist extremists as shock troops, until ideological disagreements inevitably tore apart the fragile alliance. By early 2013 the Islamists had largely won the internal power struggle, and the secular factions were marginalized outside of the Southern Front.

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* The September 11 attacks brought a few of these out of the woodwork, as governments who aren't exactly known for their fondness of the American government condemned the attacks and the terrorism that caused them. Among these governments? ''Iran, North Korea and the Taliban''. (At least officially.)
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Syrian Civil War has seen this happening more than once:
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The Islamist militant group and former unrecognized proto-state officially known as "the Islamic State"[[note]]also called "the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) or "the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).[[/note]] was a major belligerent in the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars from 2013 to 2019. In the huge MeleeATrois and GambitPileup that was the former, just about the only consistent factional alignment was that the Islamic State fought against everybody else, no exceptions. This led to some weird situations, such as the Syrian Arab Army fighting alongside the secessionist Kurdish YPG militias against IS in Qamishli' Qamishli; the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah collaborating to expel IS when thousands of their troops attempted to infiltrate Lebanon through the Syrian border; and, most notably, the American and Russian air forces in Syria bombing IS forces while supporting the same proxy group (the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces) and sharing intelligence to avoid accidentally hitting each other's special forces on the ground-- all while, in other parts of Syria, they funded different factions (the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government) who are fighting a brutal war with each other. Best summed up [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/17/the_middle_east_friendship_chart.html by this chart]]. [[http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/06/12/3447800/iraq-syria-chart/ And this chart]]. [[http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3235758-155/trump-mattershttpwwwsltribcomhome3224420-155bagley-cartoon-trump-matters-spirit-of-the-seasonhttpw And this cartoon by Pat Bagley]].
** As IS extended to Iraq, this also forced the American-backed Iraqi forces to cooperate with the Kurdish autonomous government and the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella of Shia militias backed by Iran. The IS didn't accept secular authority and was genocidal to anyone who isn't a Sunni Arab, which was apparently enough a reason for these three rivaling forces to unite.
** In the early stages of the Syrian Civil War, war, Al-Qaeda-backed Islamists were this to secular factions like the Free Syrian Army. Despite their intense and mutual disdain for one another, both sides shared a common goal in getting rid of Bashar al-Assad. The beleaguered and poorly-armed FSA came to value these Islamist extremists as shock troops, until ideological disagreements inevitably tore apart the fragile alliance. By early 2013 the Islamists had largely won the internal power struggle, and the secular factions were marginalized outside of the Southern Front.



** Averted with one group of Houthi rebels in Yemin, according to ''[[Creator/{{HBO}} VICE]]'': Their segment was titled "The Enemy of My Enemy" (is still my enemy) and they hate America as much as they hate ISIL.

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** The Turkish invasion of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) caused the Syrian Kurdish faction to open diplomatic channels with the Syrian Arab government (which they had long shunned and only briefly cooperated with during the fight against IS), basically reducing the number of sides in the war from three to two.
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Averted with one group the Houthis, the Shia militia who is now the de facto ruler of Houthi rebels Yemen. They still hate the UN-backed government as much as as they hate Al-Qaeda, which had a brief resurgence in Yemin, according southern Yemen in the early stages of the Yemeni Civil War, and refused to work with them during the campaign against the militant group. Considering that they rose up in the first place because of said UN-backed government's alleged corruption, this is understandable. As noted by a segment in ''[[Creator/{{HBO}} VICE]]'': Their segment was titled "The Enemy of My Enemy" Enemy (is still my enemy) enemy)".

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_uprising_in_Herat 2001 uprising in Herat]] pitted the US
and they hate America Iran against the Taliban.
* The September 11 attacks brought a few of these out of the woodwork,
as much as they hate ISIL.governments who aren't exactly known for their fondness of the American government condemned the attacks and the terrorism that caused them. Among these governments? Iran, Iraq, North Korea...
* 9/11 also brought back the chummy relationship between the United States and Pakistan, whose relationship with the US had deteriorated because of the latter's decision to develop nuclear weapons without US approval. Pakistan was a major ally of the US during the toppling of the Taliban regime and the subsequent War in Afghanistan.


* American conservatives and neocons are militantly pro-Israel; Islamic activists, as a rule, are equally militantly ''anti''-Israel. But both factions worked together to oppose Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

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* American conservatives and neocons are militantly pro-Israel; Islamic activists, as a rule, are equally militantly ''anti''-Israel. But both factions worked together to oppose Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.UsefulNotes/SlobodanMilosevic, known for his near-genocidal stance against mainly-Muslim Bosniaks and Albanians.



** Israel supporters also do this. In this case, it's Evangelical Christians teaming up with Jewish Israelis against the predominately Muslim Palestinians. Ironically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_Christians there's a sizable Christian population in the Palestinian Territories]].

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** Israel supporters also do this. In this case, it's Evangelical Christians teaming up with Jewish Israelis against the predominately Muslim Palestinians. Ironically, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_Christians there's a sizable Christian population in Note that these Christians, most of whom are foreigners from the Palestinian Territories]].West, are different from Israeli-Arab Christians, who generally stand with their Muslim compatriots.



* Despite having very sour relationship between UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} and UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia (since they don't have emissaries to their respective countries) and Saudi support for many Palestinian groups, both countries found themselves to be unlikely allies against a great threat, UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, due to the concerns of the Iranian nuclear program.

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* Despite having very sour relationship between UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} and To show support towards the Palestinian cause, UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia (since they don't have emissaries to their respective countries) and Saudi support for many Palestinian groups, maintains no official relations with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}. Despite this, both countries found are staunch US allies and frequently find themselves to be unlikely allies against a great shared threat, UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, due to albeit because of different reasons (Saudi because of Iran's promotion of Shi'ite rebel groups in the concerns region, Israel because of the Iranian nuclear program.program). There are even rumors that Saudi has allowed its airspace to be used by Israeli jets for reconnaissance missions in Iran, although both countries officially denied this. UsefulNotes/{{Bahrain}} and the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates used to be of the same lot as Saudi as well, until they decided to establish relations with Israel in 2020.




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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea and UsefulNotes/SouthKorea are archenemies, have not exchanged ambassadors, and frequently do tit-for-tat attacks, but they will ''still'' unite in the face of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} when it comes to Korean territorial integrity or recognition of crimes against humanity committed during the 35-year-long Japanese occupation of Korea.
** It's interesting to note that South Korea and Japan, both being US allies and defenders of democracy, have also teamed up several times in the face of the authoritarian China and North Korea, particularly during the Cold War. East Asian politics are weird.



** The Soviets and Chinese voted in favor of the American-led intervention against Iraq during the UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar, and also agreed to place sanctions on Iraq that lasted throughout the 1990s. The reasons for this were pragmatic rather than ideological: China agreed in hopes of improving relations with the Americans (largely successful), while the Soviets were simply too economically weak to risk angering the rest of the world by voting no.

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** The Soviets and Chinese voted in favor of the American-led intervention against Iraq during the UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar, and also agreed to place sanctions on Iraq that lasted throughout the 1990s. The reasons for this were pragmatic rather than ideological: China agreed in hopes of improving relations with the Americans (largely successful), while the Soviets were simply too economically weak to risk angering the rest of the world by voting no. The anti-Iraq alliance also included UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, a Soviet ally that was ruled by the same Ba'ath Party that Saddam Hussein was a part of, because of a falling out of between Syria and Iraq a few decades before.


* The parliamentary democracy of France forged an alliance (the Entente Cordiale) with autocratic Czarist Russia, and later democratic Britain, against semi-democratic Imperial Germany and Austria-Hungary. When the U.S. was thinking of entering the war, Russia's February Revolution happened and the Wilson administration welcomed the development as removing the last obstacle to a "democracy vs. dictatorship" narrative.

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* The parliamentary democracy of France forged an alliance (the Entente Cordiale) with autocratic Czarist Russia, and later democratic Britain, Britain (historical rival for centuries and with whom some years before France was on the verge of war due to the incident of Fachoda), against semi-democratic Imperial Germany and Austria-Hungary. When the U.S. was thinking of entering the war, Russia's February Revolution happened and the Wilson administration welcomed the development as removing the last obstacle to a "democracy vs. dictatorship" narrative.



** At one point Italy switched sides, giving birth to multiple cases of this: the Italian government was on the same side as the Allies, who were the enemy until ''literally the day before'', due to German troops seizing control of most of the country; in German-occupied territories, LaResistance was divided into four factions (Monarchists, Republicans, Communists and Anarchists), with each faction loathing the others but agreeing to collaborate and settle things peacefully after the war and Germany's defeat and the abdication of king Vittorio Emanuele III (detested for allowing Mussolini's takeover and abandoning Rome and the armed forces without orders right after announcing the surrender to the Allies, even before the Germans moved to take over); and the ''[[MyCountryRightOrWrong Italian]]'' Resistance occasionally collaborated with the ''Italian'' Fascists (allied with the Germans) against the ''Yugoslav'' Partisans to try and defend the Italian population in Istria (a border area inhabited by both Italians and Yugoslavs, where Mussolini's government started throwing Yugoslav civilians into camps and the Yugoslav Resistance had recently started doing the same to the Italians); and the Communist faction of the Italian Resistance would occasionally collaborate with the Yugoslav Partisans against the Monarchists.

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** At one point Italy switched sides, giving birth to multiple cases of this: the Italian government was on the same side as the Allies, who were the enemy until ''literally the day before'', due to German troops seizing control of most of the country; in German-occupied territories, LaResistance was divided into four factions (Monarchists, Republicans, Communists and Anarchists), with each faction loathing the others but agreeing to collaborate and settle things peacefully after the war and Germany's defeat and the abdication of king Vittorio Emanuele III (detested for allowing Mussolini's takeover and abandoning Rome and the armed forces without orders right after announcing the surrender to the Allies, even before the Germans moved to take over); and the ''[[MyCountryRightOrWrong Italian]]'' Resistance occasionally collaborated with the ''Italian'' Fascists (allied with the Germans) against the ''Yugoslav'' Partisans to try and defend the Italian population in Istria (a border area inhabited by both Italians and Yugoslavs, where Mussolini's government started throwing Yugoslav civilians into camps and the Yugoslav Resistance had recently started doing the same to the Italians); and the Communist faction of the Italian Resistance would occasionally collaborate with the Yugoslav Partisans against the Monarchists. Finally in 1945, when the French tried to seize some Italian territories on the Alps, both Fascists and Partisans collaborated to repel the incursion (eventually Truman forced De Gaulle to stop any other action on the Italian-French border).


** When WBC head Fred Phelps died in 2014, Creator/GeorgeTakei declared that the most appropriate thing to do would be to give sincere condolences to Phelps' surviving family and congregation rather than [[NotSoDifferent protesting his funeral in retaliation]]. This course of action was echoed by a massive number of conservative Christian individuals and organizations who otherwise wouldn't find themselves in agreement with Takei on most issues.


* Similarly, Wiki/RationalWiki has noted that white supremacists and black supremacists both take a share of their ideas from fascists like [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]], Joseph Goebbels, and especially [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Big H himself]], meaning they both share a considerable hatred for Jews, often eclipsing one group's hatred for the other's race.

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* Similarly, Wiki/RationalWiki has noted that white supremacists and black supremacists both take a share of their ideas from fascists like [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]], Joseph Goebbels, and especially [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Big H Hitler himself]], meaning they both share a considerable hatred for Jews, often eclipsing one group's hatred for the other's race.



** Even Ferrari, which many of its rivals consider a privileged teams that often make deals with authorities in exchange of ad hoc advantages (like getting a surplus budget because they are the only team participating in every F1 championship since 1950), to the point that some people call FIA "Ferrari International Assistance" (or worse MaFIA), joined forces with historical rivals when a common interest was on the table.

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** Even Ferrari, which many of its rivals consider a privileged teams that often make deals with authorities in exchange of ad hoc advantages (like getting a surplus budget because they are the only team participating in every F1 championship since 1950), to the point that some people call FIA "Ferrari International Assistance" (or worse MaFIA), [[{{Pun}} MaFIA]]), joined forces with historical rivals when a common interest was on the table.



** Various people classified as sub-humans by the Nazis, such as Slavs and Chechens, teamed up with the Nazis against a common enemy, the Soviet Union. Many Slavic people actually served in the Wehrmacht itself, either as soldiers or as [=POWs=]: the latter were often called "Hiwis", after the German ''Hilfswillinge'', "voluntary helpers".

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** Various people classified as sub-humans by the Nazis, such as Slavs and Chechens, teamed up with the Nazis against a common enemy, the Soviet Union. Many Slavic people actually served in the Wehrmacht itself, either as soldiers or as [=POWs=]: the latter they were often called nicknamed "Hiwis", after the German ''Hilfswillinge'', ''Hilfswillige'', "voluntary helpers".



** The Italians ([[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Benny the Moose himself]] included) were actually pretty anti-German and anti-Hitler prior to the late 1930s. In fact, the British and French joined Mussolini's Italy in the Stresa Front, an agreement to uphold the independence of Austria and prevent any further breaking of the Treaty of Versailles. Mussolini himself referred to Hitler as a "mad little clown." However, the second Italy invaded Ethiopia, the British and French lost what little friendliness with Mussolini they had and took steps to isolate his country. (Most of their measures, including a toothless embargo on weapons sales, didn't work.) Italy became even more of a pariah when they essentially invaded Spain during the Spanish Civil War with close to a hundred thousand troops and helped overthrow its internationally-recognized government in favor of nationalist rebels. Without any friends, Mussolini and his Fascists were forced to cozy up to Hitler and the Third Reich. (That was a fatal mistake.) This may have contributed to the stereotype of the Italian forces being cowardly, when actually they were merely chronically unmotivated to fight. If the people you've just been ordered to kill are the people who were your allies last week, dropping your rifle and just getting the hell away from all this madness is not at all an unreasonable response. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Civil_War Italian partisans]], most of whom were former military, actually performed pretty well when they were fighting enemies they hated (read: Germans and LesCollaborateurs).

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** The Italians ([[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Italians, [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Benny the Moose himself]] included) included, were actually pretty anti-German and anti-Hitler prior to the late 1930s. In fact, the British and French joined Mussolini's Italy in the Stresa Front, an agreement to uphold the independence of Austria and prevent any further breaking of the Treaty of Versailles. Mussolini himself referred to Hitler as a "mad little clown." However, the second Italy invaded Ethiopia, the British and French lost what little friendliness with Mussolini they had and took steps to isolate his country. (Most of their measures, including a toothless embargo on weapons sales, didn't work.) Italy became even more of a pariah when they essentially invaded Spain during the Spanish Civil War with close to a hundred thousand troops and helped overthrow its internationally-recognized government in favor of nationalist rebels. Without any friends, Mussolini and his Fascists were forced to cozy up to Hitler and the Third Reich. (That was a fatal mistake.) This may have contributed to the stereotype of the Italian forces being cowardly, when actually they were merely chronically unmotivated to fight. If the people you've just been ordered to kill are the people who were your allies last week, dropping your rifle and just getting the hell away from all this madness is not at all an unreasonable response. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Civil_War Italian partisans]], most of whom were former military, actually performed pretty well when they were fighting enemies they hated (read: Germans and LesCollaborateurs).


* A truly scary example on the other side of the election: [[https://local12.com/news/nation-world/the-taliban-on-trump-we-hope-he-will-win-the-election Donald Trump, publicly known as tough on terror, is officially endorsed by the Taliban]] (yes, ''that'' one, the same that's in cahoots with al-Qaeda).

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* A truly scary example on the other side of the election: [[https://local12.com/news/nation-world/the-taliban-on-trump-we-hope-he-will-win-the-election Donald Trump, publicly known as tough on terror, is officially endorsed by the Taliban]] (yes, ''that'' one, the same that's in cahoots with al-Qaeda).


** The four major Allied powers: the United States, United Kingdom, Nationalist China, and the Soviet Union-- two democracies, an authoritarian military dictatorship, and a totalitarian communist state-- worked side by side for 5 years to defeat Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy.

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** The four major Allied powers: the United States, United Kingdom, Nationalist China, and the Soviet Union-- two western capitalist democracies, an authoritarian military dictatorship, and a totalitarian communist state-- worked side by side for 5 years to defeat Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy.


* During the [[{{UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic}} COVID-19 pandemic]], Ontario premier Doug Ford (a conservative) and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (a liberal), who butted heads against each other in the past, set aside their differences to help Ontario flatten the curve. With bipartisan cooperation across all levels of government, Canada is able to manage the pandemic much better than the United States.

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* During the [[{{UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic}} [[UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic COVID-19 pandemic]], Ontario premier Doug Ford (a conservative) and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (a liberal), who butted heads against each other in the past, set aside their differences to help Ontario flatten the curve. With bipartisan cooperation across all levels of government, Canada is able to manage the pandemic much better than the United States.



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* A truly scary example on the other side of the election: [[https://local12.com/news/nation-world/the-taliban-on-trump-we-hope-he-will-win-the-election Donald Trump, publicly known as tough on terror, is officially endorsed by the Taliban]] (yes, ''that'' one, the same that's in cahoots with al-Qaeda).

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