A scorpion and a turtle stood at the edge of a river. As the turtle prepared to swim across, the scorpion asked, "Will you give me a ride across?"
"Absolutely not," the turtle responded. "You are a scorpion, and you will sting me before we get to the other side."
"No I won't," the scorpion answered. "That wouldn't make any sense, because if I sting you while we cross, we'll both drown. I want to get to the other side as much as you do. So let's work together, what do you say?"
It tok a while, but the scorpion finally convinced the turtle to let him ride on his back as he swam across the river. As they drew close to the opposite shore, the scorpion raised his tail and stung the turtle.
"What did you do that for?" the turtle cried. "Now we're both dead!"
The scorpion just shrugged his shoulders and said, "Welcome to the Middle East."
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