The Modern Middle East – “What Lies Beneath”

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The Modern Middle East
-by Flocabulary
Once dominated by the Ottoman,
The Middle East had a secret that got them in
To the elite, with a river that’s deep,
Running with crude oil
, the kind that you put in your Jeep.
Now, first in Persia, then Saudi Arabia,
Meeting the world’s energy needs they were making bucks.
But as they were digging for the fuel,
Ancient issues began to stew.
Then the Holocaust and World War II,
Put the Jews in a position where they needed to move
.
But they had had a plan for a minute,
A part of Palestine, they were trying to live in it.
Zionists dying for their own senate,
And every other way they could be represented.
And ever since Israel’s been founded,
There’s been some sort of war that surrounds it.

Take a peek at what lies beneath –
The cradle of life so the ties are deep.
It’s the Middle East, full of turmoil,
Yeah that’s where the world has to go for their oil. x2

May 14, 1948, Israel declared itself its own state.
The very next day in came the attackers,
That’s who Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq is.
Well, since then it’s like it’s gone backwards,
Disaster – The 6 Day War came after.
Israel thought Egypt was gonna strike,
So they struck first so they could win the fight.
But this didn’t work with the Arabs,
They had business they wanted to take care of.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,
Had been forced to leave the land they’ve been living in.
This gave birth to the PLO,
And Yasir Arafat’s following began to grow.
So in ’73 on Yom Kippur,
Egypt & Syria came home with a war
.

Take a peek at what lies beneath –
The cradle of life so the ties are deep.
It’s the Middle East, full of turmoil,
Yeah that’s where the world has to go for their oil. x2

We are OPEC – we’re so set,
We got oil to sell,
 well, you’re no threat.
‘Cause you don’t want to catch an embargo,
Without oil in your car you won’t go far, yo.

Iran, Iran, you want the shah gone,
But the ayatollah came now you can’t have fun.
What was once secular is led by religion,
Burqas over the women became a way of living.
1980 Hussein invaded them,
And it was known that the Soviets aided them.

But even after the hostage crisis,
Iran used American military devices.
Through the 90s in the Middle East,
It sometime seemed like there would never be peace
.
And this led to groups like al Qaeda,
And Osama bin Laden – the orchestrator,
Behind 9/11. We’re headed to war,
But not the same reason why our president said it was for
.
But a decade later revolution returns,
There’s a war going on and the oil still burns.

Take a peek at what lies beneath –
The cradle of life so the ties are deep.
It’s the Middle East, full of turmoil,
Yeah that’s where the world has to go for their oil. x2

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