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					     Objective 19:
The Modern Middle East
             Middle East =
      Arab, Muslim, Oil-producing?
   Middle East includes non-Arab states [Iran,
    Israel] and is also ethnically diverse [Kurds,
    Assyrians, Armenians, Turcomans]

   Middle East is religiously diverse [Islam,
    Judaism, Christianity]

   Sunni vs. Shia

   Not all Middle Eastern countries have oil
    • OIL: S.A., Iraq, U.A.E., Kuwait, Iran, Syria
    • No OIL: Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan,
    • 30% of the world’s oil production from
    Middle East - 5 Key Themes
   Old Civilizations, New States

   Cultural Heterogeneity

   Institutional Weaknesses

   External Influences

   Role of Religion – Extremism,
    Sources of conflict since 1945
   Ethnic and religious conflict within the

   Palestinian / Israeli conflict

   Western influence and intervention

   Secularism vs. religious fundamentalism
    often a reaction against modernity and
    Western influence
    The Middle East and the West
   End of the Ottoman Empire            Republic
    of Turkey

   After WWI: mandate system in Gulf
    • Britain  Palestine, Iraq, Transjordan
    • France  Syria, Lebanon

   “Independent” by end of WWII but
    Western oil interests remained

   Cold War and competition for oil meant
    Middle East remained an area of Western
    intervention and influence
    Sources of anti-U.S. sentiment
   History: betrayal of Woodrow Wilson’s ideal of

   U.S. actions during the Cold War

   Growing U.S. presence in 1970s: bases in Gulf

   U.S. support for Israel; supporting dictatorships
    in Arab states

   “Cultural imperialism”
    Palestinian – Israeli Conflict
   Originated after

   Promise of
    independence to
    Middle East after
    WWI was broken;
    instead Palestine
    and other
    territories became
       Two Different Narratives
   Religious
   Historical
   Political
   Economic/Cultural
   Identity
   Moral
       Promises to the Arabs—
      McMahon Correspondence
   1. Subject to the above modifications, Great Britain is
    prepared to recognize and support the independence of the
    Arabs in all the regions within the limits demanded by the
    Sherif of Mecca.

    2. Great Britain will guarantee the Holy Places against all
    external aggression and will recognise their inviolability.

    3. When the situation admits, Great Britain will give to the
    Arabs her advice and will assist them to establish what may
    appear to be the most suitable forms of government in
    those various territories.
 King-Crane Commission, 1919
“a national home for the Jewish people is not equivalent to
making Palestine into a Jewish state”

“nor can the erection of such a Jewish state be accomplished
without the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights
of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”

“the fact came out repeatedly in the Commission’s conference
with Jewish representatives that the Zionists looked forward to
a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish
inhabitants of Palestine”

“the initial claim, often submitted by Zionist representatives,
that they have a ‘right’ to Palestine, based on an occupation of
two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered”
                   Balfour’s Response:

“in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the
form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants
of the country, though the American Commission has
been going through the form of asking what they are.
The four great powers are committed to Zionism, and
Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in
age-long tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of
far profounder import than the desires and prejudices
of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient
The Balfour Declaration,

Expressing support for
“the establishment in
Palestine of a national
home for the Jewish
people…it being clearly
understood that nothing
shall be done which may
prejudice the civil and
religious rights of
existing non-Jewish
communities in Palestine…”
    Jewish migration to Palestine
   Began in the 1920s

   1920: 95% Palestinian; 5% Jewish [29,000]
    1947: 68% Palestinian; 32% Jewish [630,000]

   Jewish population after the creation of Israel:
     • 1948: 0.8 million
     • 1964: 2.4 million
     • Now: approximately 6.4 million
     • Latest population influx after the disintegration of

1939 British suspends ALL immigration to Palestine
United Nations Partition Plan, 1947

                    Tan: Jewish state
                    Grey: Arab state
                    White: International zone
         Holy City of Jerusalem

                                        The Western Wall
Dome of the Rock

                   Church of the Holy
      Armed conflicts over Israel
   1948-49: War after creation of Israel

   1967: The “Six-Day War” initiated by
    • Preemptive war to create protective buffer
      around Israel
    • Tripled Israeli territory in six days
    • Placed 1.5 million Palestinians under Israeli

   1973: “Yom Kippur War”
    • Egypt and Syria attack unsuccessfully in Sinai
      and Golan Heights
Before 1967   After 1967
    “Occupied” / “Disputed” Territories

   After 1967, the focus of the Palestinian-
    Israeli conflict shifted from recognition of
    Israel to status of the “occupied” or
    “disputed” territories

   Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt

   Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip summer
          The Palestinian Liberation
             Organization [PLO]
   Created in 1964 as a
    government in exile

   Leader: Yasir Arafat [d.

   1974: PLO recognized by
    the U.N. as representative
    of the Palestinian people

   1987 and 2000 used
    strategy of intifada
    [uprising] to oppose Israeli

   Became Palestinian
    Authority 1993; current
    leader Mahmoud Abbas
Where are the Palestinians?

The largest group of refugees
in the world today.

Israel: 1 million
Jordan: 1.5 million
Gaza: 825,000
West Bank: 583,000
Saudi Arabia: 123,000
Iraq: 90,000
Syria: 383,200
Lebanon: 376,500
Egypt: 40,000
N. Africa: 13,000
Kuwait: 35,000

80% left in 1948.
44% of Jordan’s population are
  displaced and refugee Palestinians

Israel rejects the “right of return” for
                  Pursuing Peace
   U.N. Resolution 242 (1967)
    • Called for withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories occupied
      in 1967
    • Called for Israel, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan to recognize one

   Separate peace agreements between Israel and Egypt
    (1978) and Israel and Jordan (1994)

   Oslo Agreement (1993) “Land for Peace”
    • Palestinians abandon armed struggle and accept Israel’s right
      to rule over 78% of mandate Palestine

    • In return they receive the remaining 22% (West Bank, Gaza,
      Arab East Jerusalem)

   George W. Bush: 2002 “two-state solution”
             Continuing Conflict
   Hamas, Hezbollah, and
    other extremist groups
    reject right of Israel to
    exist and reject all
    negotiations with Israel

   Violent acts on both
    sides invite violent
    reprisals, continuing the
    cycle of violence

   Wall and Jewish
    settlement in West Bank

   Gaza: Palestinian state
    or “prison?”
   Until civil war [1975-
    90] Lebanon was the
    “Switzerland of the
    Middle East”

   1976-2005 Syrian

   1978-2000 Israeli
    forces S. Lebanon
    • Hezbollah forms
      against Israel

   Summer 2006 war          Until 1975, Beirut was considered
    between Hezbollah and    the “Paris of the Middle East”
 The cornerstone of peace in Iraq?
“The United States will not be able to
  achieve its goals in the Middle East unless
  [it] deals directly with the Arab-Israeli

RECOMMENDATION 13: There must be a
 renewed and sustained commitment
 by the United States to a
 comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on
 all fronts: Lebanon and Syria, and
 President Bush’s June 2002
 commitment to a two-state solution
 for Israel and Palestine.
         The Iraq Study Group Report
           Final Status Issues
   Jerusalem – who should control it?

   Israeli security – right of Israel to

   Palestinian refugees – right of return

   Borders – how to determine?
Egypt-Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak –               Turkey - Secular Republic
Arab Socialism and Pan-Arabism
                                             Iran – Shah, Khomeini,
Iraq - Hussein-Baathist Socialism            Ahmadinejad –Islamism
Syria – Asad – Baathist Socialism            Saudi Arabia – “Family w/
                                             Flags”, Wahabi Islam
Libya – Qadafi – Green Socialism

Cold War competition in the Middle
   USSR supported
    Egypt, Syria, Iraq

   U.S. supported
    Israel, Iran, Saudi

   Switches:             Gamal Abdel Nassar nationalized the
    • Egypt 1970s         Suez Canal zone in 1956. This almost
                          sparked a regional war and led to Egypt-
    • Iran 1979           USSR alliance
   1979-89: USSR
    intervened in Afghanistan
    to support communist

   Mujahideen [Islamic
    warriors] organized against

   Civil war continued after
    Soviet withdrawal

   1996: Taliban proclaimed
    the Islamic State of

   Overthrown 2001 after
    9/11 attacks
              Osama bin Laden
   From a wealthy Yemeni
    family in S.A.

   Aided Afghans to defeat
    Soviet forces

   Formed “al Qaeda” against
    U.S. influence in Middle
    East, particularly S.A.,
    heartland of Islam

   1998 Attacks on U.S.
    embassies in Kenya and
    Tanzania and 2000 on
    U.S.S. Cole

   9/11 2001 attacks on
    World Trade Towers
              Afghanistan now
   Government of Hamid
    Karzai attempting

   Reemergence of
    regional warlords and

   Osama bin Laden still
    at large

   Opium production
             Political Islam-Fundamentalism
“shadow side of modernity” – develops when modernization is
well-established, so a reaction against it because:
deep disappointment with modernity

fear of secularism, liberalism and its values

pushing religion from the sidelines back to the center

begins as an internal dispute within own culture/country

Ex. opposing westernizing leaders or policies
return to a “golden age” – overstressing traditional values

Ex. putting women back into veils a reactive form of
modernism, often innovative and radical tactics:
     withdrawal from society
     forming separate communities
     fighting for survival
     revival of faith
     terrorism (minority)
It is easy to provoke this administration.
All that we have to do is to send two
mujahedeen to the farthest point east to
raise a piece of cloth on which in written
Al Qaeda, in order to make the generals
race there to case America to suffer
human, economic and political losses. And
then Al Qaeda, no matter what losses it
has suffered, will come off once again
looking like the strong horse.”
                   Osama bin Laden,
   1940s: Britain and USSR
    invaded to protect supply

   1951: Mohammad
    Mossadeq, proponent of
    nationalizing oil, appointed
    Prime Minister

   1953: Mossadeq
    overthrown by US and UK
    intelligence; installation of
    pro-Western Shah

   1953-79: Iran closely
    allied with the U.S.
                                    Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi
   Iran was highly
    secularized and
        Iranian Revolution 1979
   Revolution to
    overthrow the regime
    of the Shah

   Also a cultural
    revolution for
    “revolutionary Islam”

   1979: Ayatollah
    Khomeini established
    Republic of Iran

   2002 labeled by Pres.
                            1979-81: 55 Americans were held hostage
    Bush part of “axis of
                   Iran now
   Final victor in Iran-
    Iraq war?

   Nuclear ambitions?

   Broker of regional
                            President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

   Upset or balance
    power vis á vis
   1918-32 British rule
     • Even after
       independence Britain
       retained oil rights
       and kept military
       bases in Iraq

   Monarchy military
    rule Ba’thists

   1979 Saddam Hussein
    took power

   Saddam suppressed
    opposition also Kurdish
          Iran-Iraq War 1980-88
   War for regional
    domination and rights
    to the Shatt al-Arab

   367,000 died;
    700,000 wounded

   U.S. supported both

   Precipitated
    proliferation of U.S.
    bases in region—        The Iran-Iraq war recalled WWI trench
    particularly in Saudi   warfare on Iran-Iraq border
                  Gulf War
   1990 Saddam
    Hussein invaded

   1991 put down by
    U.S.-led coalition

   Weapons
    inspections and
    economic sanctions
       America’s “war on terror”
   9/11 attacks on World
    Trade Towers

   1991: Northern
    Coalition topples
    Taliban in Afghanistan

   2003 : Invasion of
    Iraq on charges of
    WMD and aiding and
    abetting terrorism
 U.S. strategy: from deterrence to
“For much of the last century, America’s defense
  relied on the Cold War doctrines of
  deterrence and containment. In some cases,
  those strategies still apply. But new threats
  require new thinking. Deterrence—the promise
  of massive retaliation against nations—means
  nothing against shadowy terrorist networks with
  no nation or citizens to defend…. The war on
  terror cannot be won on the defensive. We must
  take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans,
  and confront the worst threats before they
  emerge. In the world we have entered, the only
  path to safety is the path of action. And this
  nation will act…”
                   George W. Bush, 2002
“The longer you look at Iraq on the morning after Saddam, the more
you see the truth of what many people told me: getting rid of him
will be the easy part. After that, the US will find itself caught in a
series of conundrums that will require supreme finesse:

to liberate without appearing to dominate

to ensure order without overstaying

to security is interests without trampling on Iraq’s
to oversee democratization without picking winners

to push for reforms in the neighborhood without unleashing demons

                         “Dreaming of Democracy”
                                        by George Packer

                         NYTimes Magazine, 3/2/03
                        Iraq now
   U.S. forces have been in Iraq longer than they fought in
    World War II

   U.S. is currently spending approximately 2 billion
    dollars/week on Iraq; nearly 100 Americans are dying
    every month

   Over 3000 American forces have been killed. 1 in 16
    American service personnel wounded
   Estimates vary for Iraqis:
    • 655,000 [Lancet Survey]
    • 50-55,000 [Iraq Body Count Project]
    • 100-150,000 [Iraq Health Minister]

   Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia.

   al Qaeda in Iraq.
     Prognosis according to the
      Iraq Study Group Report
“The situation in Iraq
  is grave and
  There is no path
  that can guarantee
  success, but the
  prospects can be
                         This bipartisan study was published
                         in December 2006.
         Recommendations of the
         Iraq Study Group Report
GOAL: an Iraq that can “govern itself, sustain itself, defend

 Build an international support structure both outside and
  within M.E.
 Work with Iran and Syria to stabilize Iraq
 Work to resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict

  Continue providing military, political, and economic support
   only if Iraqi government makes progress toward national
   reconciliation, security and governance
  Restate that U.S. does not intend to establish permanent
   U.S. bases in Iraq; nor does it wish to control oil
  U.S. must engage all parties except al Qaeda.
              Options cited in the
           Iraq Study Group Report
   Quick withdrawal: “A premature American departure from
    Iraq would almost certainly produce greater sectarian
    violence and further deterioration of conditions…”

   Stay the course: “Current U.S. policy is not working, as the
    level of violence in Iraq is rising and the government is not
    advancing national reconciliation…”

   More troops: “…if the Iraqi government does not make
    political progress, ‘all the troops in the world will not
    provide security.’”

   Devolution to three regions [Shia, Sunni, Kurdish]: “A
    rapid devolution could result in mass population
    movements, collapse of the Iraqi security forces,
    strengthening of militias, ethnic cleansing, destabilization
    of neighboring states, or attempts of neighboring states to
    dominate Iraqi regions…”
Good Interactive map – Where is the oil? Who has what for how long?:
Crude Oil Imports to US Top 10 Countries, February 2006
   Oil Consumption

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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