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Outline Paper 1 - Dan Guerra Section 16 Word Count 1208 A Dividing Line The East and the West there exists no exact physical division between these

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Dan Guerra 9/21/10 Section: 16 Word Count: 1208 A Dividing Line The East and the West; there exists no exact physical division between these two entities, they are merely the locations on a compass. However a dividing line of power and culture has existed between the East and West since colonial times. This imaginary line was the creation of the West as way to differentiate itself from the East, based on its ideology that it was superior to the East; the West was cultured while the East was barbaric. Termed Orientalism, its effects are relevant even today in Western involvement and perception of the East. A September 14, 2010 article published on the Al Jazeera website titled, “Jewish Settlement Deadlock Remains”, described Benjamin Netanyahu’s, and Mahmoud Abbas’ most recent peace negotiations. Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton and George Mitchell moderated the conversation. The modern conflict between Palestine and Israel, starting in the early 20 th century, has been a major agenda item for every United States administration; and a particular focus for President Obama. Despite numerous attempts by the United States to foster an agreement between the two states, nearly all efforts have been futile. For the United States, involvement in this conflict is somewhat of an obligation, particularly in the post 9/11 era. First and foremost, as a world super power the US has
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made it a point to aid countries struggling with conflict, predominantly those in the Middle East. Complicating affairs further, the United States holds diplomatic ties to Israel, one of our few allies in the Middle East. Secondly, post 9/11 United States has been bent on eliminating terrorist groups, where its primary focus is on the Middle East. The term Orientalism is discussed in Edward Said’s 1978 book,
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Outline Paper 1 - Dan Guerra Section 16 Word Count 1208 A Dividing Line The East and the West there exists no exact physical division between these

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