Reading Critique VII - Mohamed Rajani Dr Anita Rapone HON...

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Mohamed Rajani Dr. Anita Rapone HON 308 March 24, 2009 Reading Critique VII The relationship between the United States and Israel has been widely documented as one of strength and mutual benefit. We have discussed extensively on the beginnings of U.S. involvement in the Middle East. While the U.S. initially observed a passive interest in the affairs of the Middle East, its involvement deepened post the Second World War. Our previous deliberations, with references to Benny Morrison and Noam Chomsky’s readings, have articulated the fact that the U.S. got involved in the Middle East mainly to safeguard their interests, specifically the enormous oil reserve that this region possessed. However, the Cold War, which emerged from the shadows of World War II, was one of the key factors behind the U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Peter L. Hahn, author of Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945, gives this alternative explanation to the extensive U.S. interest in the affairs of the Middle East. The Cold War, which put the global powers against each other fighting for political and economic supremacy, increased U.S. political presence in the Middle East. The fear that the failure of the U.S. to make
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