Study "Israel / Palestine / Arab World" Essays 606-618

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Withdraw of Soldiers From Iraq Thesis

… ¶ … Soldiers from Iraq

Our soldiers shouldn't be in Iraq in the first place.

Though the atrocities of the Hussein regime were well-known, this was never our fight.

After the invasion, many other military units were sent to Iraq -- at least twenty-one non-U.S. units existed in the country in 2007 (Global, 2009).

presence is no longer necessary.

Many attempts have been made to hand the security issue over to the Iraqis; they can either step up to the plate or not (Shadid, 2009).

Some argue that because we started the invasion, it is our responsibility to see it through.

This argument holds merit, but it has its limits.

After so many years, the Iraqis should be able to handle their own security.

The majority of the population is quite glad to have Saddam's regime gone; our job has to end sometime.

Our effectiveness has diminished greatly, if it ever existed with any strength.

A. This is according to policy makers and soldiers on the ground alike

(Khanna, 2009).

3.… [read more]

Khaled Hosseini's 2003 Novel the Kite Runner Research Paper

… Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel The Kite Runner should be considered an
important work of its time and place. The 324 page book, published by
Riverhead Books, tells the narrative of two families of intertwined
misfortunes across the borders of Afghanistan and America. I initially had
read this text on the advice of a friend. An extremely popular and
critically acclaimed work of its year, I read it with great interest and
found that a number of its themes are extremely compelling and worthy of
critical evaluation. In particular, I selected the work for its themes of
friendship and betrayal, which emerge the relationship between Amir and
Hassan. That this personal story is delivered before the inhospitable
backdrop of Afghanistan would make it a particularly suitable choice for
its relevance to current events. The fact that Hosseini's work was a
bestseller is indicative of the interest of mainstream audiences in such a
subject matter. There is a clear cultural undercurrent disposing people to
interest and education about Afghanistan and its people.
The main characters of the story are initially Amir and Hassan, whose
class distinctions in a caste-driven Afghanistan cause them to run afoul of
an aggressive and psychologically sick boy names Assef. When Amir
witnesses his best friend raped by Assef, he hides in a bush out of fear.
The guilt of this cowardice causes him to frame his friend of theft and
have him ejected from his father's house. The story revolves on the guilt
suffered by Amir upon escaping Afghanistan to California and his efforts at
achieving reconciliation through Hassan's son Sohrab.
Sohrab is another important character in the narrative. As Hassan's
son, he remains the only link to a man who had been killed for standing up… [read more]

Not Without My Daughter 1991 Movie Term Paper

… ¶ … movie, "Not without my daughter," the character Betty adapted to Muslim culture in order to escape her abusive husband in a non-American country. "Betty Mahmoody (Field) is an American married to Moody (Alfred Molina), an Iranian immigrant who works, somewhat unhappily, in the U.S. As a doctor. They have a young daughter, the unfortunately named Mahtob (Sheila Rosenthal). The moody, who feels he's suffering discrimination at work, needs a break and decides to take the family for a visit back to his homeland. Betty's goal, of course, is to get the hell out of Iran, but not without her daughter, but to do so she's going to have to find a sort of Iranian underground railroad, a chain of sympathetic taxi drivers, document forgers, and smugglers, to help her out. The off-putting thing about Not Without My Daughter is its relentlessly ugly depiction of Islam and the Muslims who practice it. By all reports, the book on which the movie was based was more subtle and educational about Islamic practices" (Not without my daughter). Therefore, in order leave the country, Betty had to adapt to the culture to get her daughter and herself out safely.


Along with that, Betty began to wear the proper clothes for a woman in Iran in order to appear she was accepting of this culture. By appearing as though she respected the culture, she was able to find individuals that were willing to help her to leave the hostile environment, which seemed anti-American.

Betty did manage clandestinely to make contacts with people in the underground, who also wanted out of Iran. She snuck such meetings into her shopping schedule when she was able to move about. The Swiss Embassy and a few other people, both Iranian and… [read more]

Europe From 1948 to 2004 From Cooperation to Integration Term Paper

… Europe From 1948 to 2004

The ascension of Turkey into the European Union has been one of the most historically difficult of all expansion moves. Several member states with limited or strained relations with Turkey, (mainly France and Greece) opposed… [read more]

Accidental Threats to Security in Turkey Term Paper

… Accidental Threats Turkey

Accidental threats such as car accident, plane crashes and industrial accidents are significant social threats to any nation. In Turkey, as in other nations occupational hazards are likely the most foundational of accidental threats to attempt to… [read more]

Criminal Threats in Turkey Term Paper

… Criminal Threats in Turkey

Turkey has been an interesting case study for international relations for decades now. It is neither a Muslim, nor a European country, yet its foreign policy prospects include the affirmation of an increasingly important role in… [read more]

Empire Reflection on Rashid Khalidi's Resurrecting Term Paper

… Empire

Reflection on Rashid Khalidi's Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints, and America's Path in the Middle East

How does Khalidi frame his analysis of the current war/conflict in Iraq?

According to Rashid Khalidi, quite often the current crisis in Iraq, like… [read more]

Battle of Khafji Desert Storm Term Paper

… Military

The first "major ground action" of the Persian Gulf War occurred in January of 1991 in the coastal town of Khafji, Saudi Arabia. A surprise attack of around 500 Iraqi soldiers left two Marine reconnaissance teams trapped in a building. They were later rescued by allied forces, who provided almost all of the counterattack force in Khafji. The death toll of the "hit and run" attack varied between different sources. While Washington claimed that 12 Saudis and 28 Iraqis had died in the incursion, the Saudi commander, General Khalid Bin Sultan claimed 200 Iraqi deaths. Later Marine reports noted that 17 Iraqi tanks had been destroyed in Khafji, and Marine aviators had destroyed 15 more Iraqi military vehicles during their retreat from Khafji. Near the Kuwaiti border, Marines held back another ground offensive which resulted in the destruction of 22 tanks. No American casualties were incurred at Khafji but 11 Marine deaths were reported in the skirmishes along the… [read more]

Beethoven Iraq During a Brief Respite Term Paper

… Beethoven


During a brief respite from the attacks that have paralyzed his city, an Iraqi man takes his children out for ice cream. For one moment on the news, America sees an Iraqi father watch his children lap up soft serve during an ordinary moment of family togetherness. The man shrugs when asked if he believes that peace is near. He is philosophical, not hating (or loving) America or the Iraqi fundamentalist insurgents. He merely regrets the circumstances that have inhibited the course of his ordinary life. Other images, like soldiers 'rapping' with Iraqi children might seem like more radical cultural mergers of American and Iraqi society are really just status quo images of wartime and have parallels with other typical dramatic media images of war, like the tearing down of the statue of Lenin. But this image of an apparently ordinary day is really the most avante guard image -- it shows that Iraqis just want to get on with their lives. Their culture is not exotic and most Iraqis are obsessed with religion or politics. Most people remember personal aspects of their lives as fond memories, not the toppling of Saddam Hussein, and they are not… [read more]

Nuclear Crisis in Iran at Present Term Paper

… ¶ … Nuclear Crisis in Iran

At present there seems to be a failure in the efforts of international diplomacy to turn Iran away from pursuing a path of nuclear proliferation. The European Union, as in keeping with idealistic solutions of conciliation, offered a non-proliferation incentive package to Tehran in the beginning of summer 2005 which was "comprised of nuclear technology, trade advantages, and a security dialogue," and was "far from empty" in terms of the bonuses it offered (Dupre, 2007).

But Tehran rejected this package, and although an idealist might suggest another, more attractive offer, a realist solution seems more feasible. Furthermore, independent analysis suggests that there is no way that Iran's nuclear technology is designed for energy purposes alone, as Iran alleges. Furthermore, there is no right to enrich uranium under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, and Iran stands in flagrant violation of this stipulation. Also, "Tehran breached the Paris Agreement, resumed conversion, and undertook R&D enrichment and production of enriched uranium up to 3.5% with 164 centrifuges (April 2006) while testing a second cascade with the intention to install 3000 centrifuges by… [read more]

Baray's Analysis of Cultural Miscommunication Term Paper

… Baray's Analysis of Cultural Miscommunication -- Between German and American Jews, between Native and White Americans

The sociologist Laray M. Barna (1997) suggests in her essay "Intercultural Communication Stumbling Blocks" that, ironically, one of the first cultural stumbling blocks someone… [read more]

Regime Change and Democratization of Iraq Term Paper

… ¶ … regime change and democratization of Iraq has led to an emerging market that can become extremely susceptible to new market products. In the six months after liberation in Iraq, 20 million cell phones were distributed among the population.… [read more]

Oil for What? Illicit Iraqi Oil Contracts Term Paper

… Oil for What? Illicit Iraqi Oil Contracts and the UN Security Council

In Heaton's (n.d.) work, the United Nation's Iraqi Oil-For-Food program, and its suspected illicit dealings, are investigated.

Over a 6 1/2-year period, beginning in 1996, more than 1,300… [read more]

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