A bloody civil war broke out among the hawks.
The doves, who loved peace, decided that they would send ambassadors to the warring groups of hawks, seeking to put an end to the war.
The diplomatic doves finally reconciled the hawks, and there was peace once again in the world of birds.
But now that the hawks were no longer at war with one another, they launched a war against the doves, attacking and devouring the peacemakers.
"What a terrible mistake we've made!" moaned the doves. "We should never have united an enemy whose common goal is to destroy us."
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 347.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.
Here is an illustration by Grandville; in this version it is a quarrel between the vultures and the hawks.