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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Scorpion And The Camel

Sitting with Nassar at lunch in Beit Sahour last week, he recounted this old parable (a variation of which is told in The Crying Game):

A scorpion who wanted to get to the other side of the Suez Canal asked a camel to let him sit on his hump while it walked across the Canal.

"Whoa," said the camel. "Do you think I'm a fool? If you sit on my back, you might bite me before I reach the other side, and then I will drown." The scorpion replied, "Now,that makes no sense, because if you die, then so I will I."

After thinking about it,the camel agreed to carry the scorpion to the other side of the Canal, and told it to climb onto his hump. When the camel got to the deepest part of the Canal, the scorpion bit and injected its poison into the camel.

"Why did you do that?" said the dying camel, "it's not logical". The scorpion replied, " I couldn't resist it. There no logic in the Middle East.

Indeed, there is a lack of logic currently governing over there, and Palestine and Israel are drowning together.  Fortunately there are also Palestinians and Israelis who are refusing to succumb to their impulse to sting, and they might get to the other side yet.  Insha'allah.


June 17, 2009 in Pax Americana, Viva Palestina | Permalink


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