Causes of Unrest in the Middle East Essay
The causes of unrest in the Middle East are historical, religious, economic and geo-political. Ancient history and ancient civilizations can serve as a framework for understanding some of the existing enmity. For example, the Persians (Iranians) and the Babylonians (Iraqis) have been fighting for more than 3,000 years. However, the current unrest in the Middle East is the result of Western ethno-centrism and colonialism (covert and overt), combined with religious and sectarian conflicts. The impact of Western (Europe and the USA.) interference in the Middle East cannot be overstated. Indeed, the term “Middle East” is an artificial term that has no meaning except in the context of its …show more content…
Why would God have the world’s current three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, attempt to share the same holy land? Historically, the coexistence of the three religions has moved from living together cordially, to mutual dislike, to visceral hatred.
Today, the context of the unrest in the greater Middle East is framed by the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, but some of that context is rooted in events that occurred nearly one thousand years ago, the Crusades. Currently, the immediate issue is the ability of Islamic fundamentalists to use the Palestinian struggle for the return of their homeland as their \
“cause celebre.” On the