The Middle East Explained

The Middle East Explained
by
Aubrey Bailey

Are you confused about U.S. involvement in the Middle East? Let me explain.
We support the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State. We don’t like IS, but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.

 
We don’t like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS which is also fighting against him.

 
We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends. Some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

 
If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a county to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we went in to drive them out.

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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15 Responses to The Middle East Explained

  1. ..and that about sums it up, Bruce. What a mess!

  2. Gyslaine L. says:

    Nothing is simple in this war Bruce

  3. it used to be so obvious – who were the goodies and who were the baddies!
    How one longs for some sand to bury our heads in… oops – not a good thought….

    PS… My printer has persuaded me to put Sound of Water and others back on the internet – smashwords, kindle etc… if it isn’t too much trouble, would you be able to add your lovely review now, please, Bruce????

    • bldodson says:

      Valerie, this is funny. I did that 2 days ago. Amazon had sent me an e-mail asking to do more reviews.
      I had forgotten you did not want me to list yours, and I posted it.
      So… it should be there already. Look and see.
      Let me know if it is not there.

  4. Right on. That’s the way it is.

  5. authorjim says:

    Bruce, thank you for clearing that up for me. I think maybe it is time to put Amber to work on that mess.

  6. Everything is as clear as mud…. including this post and comments from last year… or is it just deja vu on my part?

  7. archecotech says:

    Best explanation I’ve heard yet. How about doing one about the war in Ukraine?

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