Tracking who is fighting who in Syria and Iraq can become pretty confusing. President Obama has vowed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State (IS).  IS seeks to overthrow Syrian President Assad.  Other Syrian rebels also want to overthrow Assad but simultaneously fight IS.  The Nusra Front, an offshoot of al Qaeda, likewise fights against Assad, but seeks to attack the West as well.  Turkey fears IS but fears the Kurds obtaining a state more; so, it refuses to help the PKK (Kurdish separatists in Turkey labeled by the West as terrorists) fight IS or to offer help that would strengthen the Kurdish position.  Iran’s proxy Hezbollah and some of its own forces are fighting in Iraq against IS to protect Shiite interests and Holly sites.  Saudi Arabia has funded Sunni terrorists (even being linked to helping the 9/11 perpetrators) but wants no part of Sunni IS, but also does not want to help grow the Shia influence in the region.  All is all, the war, seems more like a drunken bar brawl, in which onlookers cannot easily decipher who is fighting who.

(To tune of, “Who’s Sorry Now?” (1923) by, Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby)


Who’s fighting who?
I wish I knew.
Seems like our friends
are our enemies too.

An Islamic State,
the Shia would hate.
Assad also hates them, that’s great!
Turkey’s afraid
Kurdistan will be made.
I wonder who’s fighting who?


Our warplanes hunt
the Nusra Front,
friends of our rebel friends, to be blunt.
The Saudi’s play
all sides all the way.
I wonder who’s fighting who?


Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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(To tune of “Devil or Angel,” by Blanche Carter and first recorded by The Clover’s in 1955 and later by Bobby Vee)

Devil or devil?
Which one do we choose?
Assad or a rebel?
Whomever wins, we lose.
We know he’s a devil –
a real Catch-22.
We oust him; a worse one, will follow.

Devils rule Egypt.
When strangers interfered.
They only changed devils.
No savior has appeared.
Morsi was no angel,
He smiled with devil eyes.
We’re stupid, we’re stupid, we’re stupid

Make a deal with one devil,
to keep others under rocks.
We open, when we meddle,
a real Pandora’s Box.

Devil or Devil?
This game is not our game.
They’ve old scores to settle.
The West can share some blame.
Assad is the devil?
The next one will be too.
We oust him; the world is, no better.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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