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The Parable of the Islamist Scorpion

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 2, 2012 @ 1:25 pm In The Point | 6 Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

A scorpion wanted to cross a river, so it hitched a ride on a friendly naive useful idiot of a toad. The toad swam the river with the scorpion on its back and then the scorpion bit it when it got across to the other side. The toad said, “But don’t you know that we are both part of the international left and believe in LGBT rights and revolutionary change. So why did you bite me?” And the Scorpion answered, “Praise Allah, it’s in my nature. You knew what I was when you asked me to move to your riverbank, collect welfare benefits and for your politicians”

Then next time the Scorpion wanted to cross the river, there were no more toads left. So the scorpion had to hitch a ride on another scorpion. The two scorpions never trusted each other and kept biting each other all the way across the river. Halfway across they both realized that

A. Neither of them had ever learned to swim. Swimming was an inferior infidel skill best left to toads.

B. They were too busy biting each other to swim anyway

C. The river cares nothing for Jihad

The relevance of this parable will be seen shortly

On Thursday, Al-Khaleej newspaper reported that Islamists detained in the United Arab Emirates had confessed to forming a secret organisation that included a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamist state.

It said the group admitted a plot aimed at “seizing power and establishing a religious state or a Caliphate” — the political system improvised by early Muslims after the death of Prophet Mohammed in the 7th century.

The organisation had also been acting “in high-level coordination with the organisations of the Muslim Brotherhood in three other Gulf states,” the daily said.

“The Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE recently received 10 million dirhams ($2.72 million) from its counterparts in the Gulf, because it is currently going through a tough time,” it added.

The UAE has funded more than its share of Islamists and the Gulfies keep complaining that the Muslim Brotherhood wants to overthrow them, even as they keep helping it overthrow other countries. And when they run out of toads, they’ll have to begin biting each other.


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