Egypt may send troops to defeat the rebels in Yemen. If so, it would be the first case of a country where 25 percent of the population can’t read sending troops to rescue a country where the water comes through the tap 36 hours a month to quell a war where the main issue is the 7th century struggle over who is the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammad — Shiites or Sunnis.The Sunni-Shia battle isn't the first war fought over which religious interpretation is better, and sadly won't be the last. Perhaps the final battle will be fought in the valley of Megiddo.
I am reminded of an old story. A frog meets a scorpion on the bank of the Suez Canal. The scorpion, who cannot swim, asks the frog for a ride to the other side. The frog demurs, alleging the scorpion will sting him.
The scorpion replies he won't sting as that would kill them both. Finally, the frog relents, the scorpion mounts up, and they start across. In mid-canal the frog is stung and as the two of them sink into the water, asks why did you kill us both? The scorpion shrugs, "It's the Middle East, it's what we do."