Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Middle Eastern story: the frog and the scorpion

The scorpion, wishing to cross the Nile, begged the frog to ferry him across on his back.
The frog refused.
"No, he said, when we are mid-stream you will sting me, and I will drown."
"That is illogical," the scorpion said, "If I sting you, we will both drown."
So the frog agreed and the scorpion climbed on his back. Halfway across, the scorpion stung him.
"I told you so," screamed the dying frog, "You've killed us both. What is the logic in that?"
"Who thinks of logic?" said the drowning scorpion. "This is the Middle East."

- from War Journal, Richard Engel

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