Wednesday, June 23, 2010


This is a familiar fable that is often repeated in the Middle East . . .

The river is flooding and all the animals are scurrying to find safety. A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of the river. Scorpion asks Frog; "Please help me, Frog, I cannot swim - let me climb on your back, and you can carry me across the river."

Frog says, "NO WAY! If I do, you will sting me, and I will die!"

Scorpion says, "That's stupid! Why would I sting you? If I did that, we would sink into the water, and I too would die."

Frog thinks about it. "Hmmm . . . you're right. Okay - climb on on my back, Scorpion, and I will carry you across the river."

They set out, but halfway across, Scorpion stings Frog.

Frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink. Knowing they both will drown, Frog gasps, "But . . . but . . . WHY?"

Scorpion replies: "Because I'm a scorpion . . . and this is the Middle East."