33 Reasons To Love The Cats Of The Middle East
Reason number one: they are cats.
The Middle East and North Africa are home to a lot of cats.
And life isn't always easy.
Because these cats have a whole host of worries that are foreign to their American brethren.
They often have to contend with the threat of street violence.
It's often a life on the margins.
Then there's this enduring stereotype.
They are there to raise visitor numbers at Abu Simbal in Egypt.
Guard Petra in Jordan from any more Indiana Jones types.
Bear witness to the famed architecture of Syria.
Take a stroll through ancient Jerusalem.
And pose suggestively in front of religious institutions like any good tourist.
But unlike tourists, they are not impressed with normative guidebook expectations.
And instead do it their own way: I came, I saw, I napped.
Other times, they work their local charm, cosying up to tourists to silently mock their cluelessness all while getting a belly rub out of it.
They've mastered the art of hissing and staring at passerbys from their motorbikes.
They know the best way to make use of local news.
And they are always down to party. Especially the Lebanese ones.
All cats are there to be loved. And in the end, they may be our only hope.