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Influential Factors During the Suez Crisis

October 10, 2009

egypt during suezEgyptian leader Nasser and the decisive actions that he orchestrated were most influential in shaping and changing the entire world during the 1950’s—and beyond.

 Egypt lost the “battle” of the Sinai in the terms of warfare but they won the “war” in a political way.   After the Suez crisis, everyone had a different view of the Egyptian leader Nasser and he became biggest influence in the entire Middle East, and ultimately the entire Arabic Nation—to the point of uniting the people in a way that they had never been, at the time and post the time of the Suez Crisis. Nasser could also be seen as the biggest contributor of this crisis because he was the one that closed the Suez Canal but it didn’t stop there. Nasser was determined to make a major influence in the Middle East and he wanted to do it all on his own. One of the major projects was the building of the Aswan High Dam. Originally, America agreed to help fund the dam but later took it back. Nasser also rejected America’s financing for the Aswan High Dam project because he feels that the Egyptians could complete the project themselves and would give them a chance to nationalize on their own. When it came to economic and military aid, America came to Egypt’s side again. The offer from the US was going to give Egypt a significant amount of money for supplies and funding that they needed but there were strings attached that would have limited Nasser’s ability to influence so the offer was rejected. On the contrary, Nasser decided to take military funding from the Soviet Union, which brought the Cold War from predominantly Europe to the Middle East, causing more conflict and globalization than necessary.  

The biggest movement that Nasser was in charge of was leading the Arab economic boycott and closed the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aquaba to Israeli shipping and this halted Israel’s economic growth. There was a pattern with Nasser’s intentions and this is to put all of the other nations down that were not Arab countries. This was ultimately going to lead to his final goal of creating Arab unity in the Middle East. He was also interested in his own country and their wellbeing, so his goal for Egypt was to eliminate foreign control so they could become nationalized and independently run. It is very clear that Nasser was a very major influence throughout the whole world at this time.

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OPVL Israel Proclamation of Independence

October 5, 2009

israel proclamation

Origin: The proclamation of Independence was written by the Provisional State Council specifically David Ben-Gurion in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 14, 1948. This is a declaration of Independence for Israel .

Purpose: States the unfairness that the Jews went through and what they now deserve, represents the Jewish people that need a homeland, proclaims the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, calling it Israel and declaring the termination of the British Mandate. Israel will be an independent state, open to immigration, fair to all and peaceful with neighbors.

Value: This has great value because it is all about the meeting where the state of Israel was established and what will be expected from this time forward. This is also a historical benchmark because it ends the British Mandate and finally gives a place that the Jews can call home. This brings back a problem about immigration because that has been a reoccurring problem in the state.

Limitations: This article was written by the Jews for the Jews so there is bias to the Jewish side. While the idea was a good one, in reality today there are still people that don’t like to recognize Israel as a state, are not peaceful with them, and feel that they do not deserve the land. They act like the Jews are the only ones that will be affected, but there are Arabs currently living in the state of Israel that are being ignored.

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Evaluate the Following: “After it’s all said and done, no single group, government, or institution is responsible for the manner in which the British Mandate of Palestine was partitioned.”

October 2, 2009

Palestine plan on partition

The breakup of Palestine can’t be attributed to any one group, government or institution due to historical realities. The reason the blame cannot be placed on ones shoulders is because local history and politics determined the breakup of the British mandate not any particular action.  Originally the League of Nations were the ones that divided the territory into the mandates, so they were seen as responsible for the division of the land. The League of Nations made the mistake of not correctly dividing the land because they divvied out land based on geography, not socio-economic, political, religious or cultural boundaries. During the mandate period, Syria and Lebanon was awarded to France, and Iraq and Palestine were awarded to Britain. This became a major problem because the land was divided in the wrong places, for example there were Arabs that became under control of the French and some under control of the British while the Jews were also misplaced and under the wrong control. One could say that the fault could be placed on the League of Nations because they gave the wrong land to the wrong people causing an outrage and the different groups such as the Arabs and the Jews tried to change these British ways. Over time, a major change took place when the United Nations was established. The UNSCOP institution was the best and the worst thing that happened to the land at the time. The biggest conflict that this caused was the fact that the UNSCOP institution had one plan, while the Arabs had a different one, and the Jews separate from that. The task of the UNSCOP was to plan out the partition of Palestine and instead of looking into the common interests of the people; they took it upon themselves to divide Palestine their own way. As this may seem like it is now the fault of UNSCOP, they are still not the ones to blame because they situation was set up by the mandates earlier in history. The only thing that we can blame this on is the history of the land and the politics at the time.

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What responsibility, if any, did the international community have to the victims of the Holocaust?

September 25, 2009

HolocaustThe Holocaust was the act of the Germans; along with some others to literally “brainwash and exterminate all inferior races.” These actions were indirectly supported by the rest of the world due to their failure to react and respond accordingly. The international community should have taken responsibility in protecting the rights of the Jews, homosexuals, the disabled, and Roma, however many turned their heads for different reasons.  These reasons include that Hitler’s power and manipulative efforts were stronger than people could imagine at the time.  Many were unknown to the extremity of the torturous actions that took place.  This consequently led to the ignorance that people displayed to such a serious issue.  The United States made little or no effort to admit Jewish refugees into their borders, along with the British who didn’t permit Jewish immigrants to enter Palestine.  The Polish and Russian people gladly handed over their Jews to the Nazi death camps, contributing to the ultimate goal of extermination of all Jewish people. This ultimately lead to the deaths of about 11 million civilians and there is no way that any knowledgeable outside sources can say that it is not their responsibility. They all had the chance save the innocent lives of the people that had inhabited their land for years but then were just able to give them up and send them away to be brutally murdered. There was a major lesson that has been uncovered from this time of genocide and was able to tell a lot about the ethics of the other countries. The main message that was depicted throughout this time was every man for himself. This was a perfect reflection of the flaws of humanity. I believe that the blame for the Holocaust should be heavily placed on the international community due to their lack of aid that was needed by the former citizens. There is no single finger that can be pointed in this situation because when there is a problem anywhere in the world, it is all of society’s responsibilities to avoid and/or confront acts of genocide. Specific actions should have been taken to head off before they escalated or in order to eliminate these atrocities early on as part of the global responsibility—as part of our human duty to think and act environmentally, socially, and culturally.

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Consequences of the British Government

September 13, 2009

british webThe Jews, the Arabs, and the French, all promised the same thing, but how could all three groups receive the British’s entire promised piece of land? This was the question of everyone in the Middle East, who is going to get the land of Palestine? The French wanted it because due to the Sykes-Picot agreement, this is what the British promised to give them. The Arabs felt like Palestine was their deserved and promised land because that is where they had inhabited and that was the land that they have been living in so it would be nearly impossible to take it away, and this was supported by the Hussein- McMahon Correspondence, stating the Brits would give the Arabs the land in exchange for help. The Jews had the same view as the other two groups, but for themselves. The Balfour Agreement was the written promise that the British would give the Jewish their “promised land” without the invasion of the non Jewish people.  Clearly these promises could not be granted to all the people and the British had to find this out the hard way. Having multiple promises be broken, really hit a nerve on the three nations. The French felt left out, betrayed and cheated. The Arabs felt taken advantage of and like their land was going to be taken from them. The Jews were furious, and were determined to get the homeland that they were promised. Essentially, the British left everyone in an outrage and predictably, they were fired at and sought after. In conclusion, the consequences of the British making promises that they could not grant ended up affecting them in a negative way. The mistakes of the British resulted in the Jewish basically becoming terrorists towards them and let this be a way of expressing all of the anger that they had due to the broken promises.

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Arab Social Obstacles

September 13, 2009

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In order to have an organized group or union there are many qualities that are necessary that the Arabs were defiantly lacking. The biggest problem with the Arabs is that they were suffering from internal conflicts. The Arabs essentially split themselves up into two separate groups, based on leaders, against the Husseins and the Nashashibis. These were two groups with opposite views and beliefs. The Arabs did not have the organization and skill set of the Brits and the Zionist. The Arabs did not have any funds or any beneficial services. Another issue is the unequally institution and this lead to the disagreements and fighting with the Arabs. Finally the biggest Arabic set back was the lack of intelligence compared to others. The Arab literacy rate and intelligence was significantly lower than that of the British and the Jews. During the inter-war period there were many things that the Arabs were set back by, and other nations were ahead of them in. This was a critical time for the Arabs and the Jews got a big advantage by having the upper hand, especially with the Brits. The Jews, for the most part, got along with each other, had the Zionist group to keep them unified and also had a higher level of intelligence. In conclusion, being behind in society was the biggest obstacle that the Arabs could have faced during the inter-war period.

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Arab or Jewish Journalist

September 13, 2009

Hussein-McMahon CorrespondenceThis just in: We have uncovered documents that have not yet been released to the public and we are here to let you know about this. These documents will reveal all the plans that the Brits have for the Arabs, the Jews and the area of Southwest Asia. This is information that has been found that will be vital knowledge to everyone because this determines the fate of your country and homeland. For all the Arabs out there, this one is for you, The Hussein-McMahon Correspondence; these were letters that were being exchanged to and from Sherif Hussein and Sir Henry McMahon. These letters discussed issues such as Arab independence, rise of the Arabs against the Turks, and the reestablishment of an Arab Caliphate. The Balfour Declaration is the most promising for the Jews, because this is an agreement to give the Jews the homeland that they have always wanted, and keeping all the others happy by not bothering their territory, which is hard to believe. Finally there is the Sykes-Picot agreement which brings in the French and is the agreement between the French and the British that SW Asia will be divided among them. This seems like a lot of agreements to different people over the same amount of land.

                If I was a reporter and I had to break the news to the public, I would do it in a very general form. I would take this approach because I wouldn’t want to show a bias towards a certain side, because while one group might like the side that I am taking, I would lose credibility for any other readers. My goal for the readers is to make them aware of the documents that are being proposed, summarize them so they have a better understanding then let them take the said that they want. I would want to paint a picture in the readers head so they would be able to visualize the land if the document were to be in place. For example, for the Balfour Declaration I would want all of the readers to know what would happen if this document were to happen and the Jews were to have Palestine as their homeland but also what it would be like for the Arabs who are already living there. I would want to be the reporter for everyone to give them a better understanding of the news that is going on around them.