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Thursday, January 06, 2005

once upon a time in the middle east

by Adel Darwish

A scorpion pleads with a hesitant water buffalo to give him a ride across a deep river. Assuming the common interest of crossing the water will ensure his safety, the buffalo agrees. Mid-stream he feels the pain of the scorpion's sting. "Why did you sting me, you idiot? You have killed us both !" were the dying buffalo's last words. The drowning scorpion shrugged his shoulders as he replied: "I don't know! This is the Middle East."

(pertinent to my last post - jazzman)

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