Based on all the previous graphs, why is it important for the US to keep friendly relationships with the Middle Eastern countries?
Think about what is going on in Syria today. What weapon was used against Syrians? Weapons of mass destruction
Preventing spread of WMD Preventing spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons Iraq, Iran, Libya, and now Syria - either have them OR have tried to develop them OR have used them! Iraq used chemical weapons against Kurds – 1988 and against Iran in 1980’s As part of requirements of end of Persian Gulf War, Iraq was to be open to inspections by UN – however, made this very difficult Convinced Iraq possessed these, US and Britain went to war with Iraq in 2003
Ponder the following … IF an oppressed people were to gain knowledge through education, how might that impact a country?
Human Rights / Justice Issues Promoting freedom and democracy US feels that lack of freedom in ME key factor in contributing to terrorism Promotes education, rights for women, economic development
To sum up …5 reasons War on terrorism Israel Oil The spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) Human rights (Humanitarianism)
WHICH OF THE 5 REASONS GIVEN DO YOU FEEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR THE US TO BE INVOLVED IN THE MIDDLE EAST? Ticket out the door …