Essay on September 11 and America’s Careless Diplomacy

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For the past century, Americans have viewed the United States as standing as a symbol of strength, freedom, and prosperity. Recently, however, this perceived symbol of a higher society has been directly attacked by those who strongly disagree with the values projected by the United States. This is the first time since the Cold War that the stance of America has even been questioned. The most deliberating issue resulting from this atrocity has been how America should retaliate, or if the US should even retaliate at all. Within the past few weeks this question has been answered by actions from Washington. This action, however, has caused the emergence of even more questions. There are many deeply rooted problems to address that go…show more content…
Osama bin-Laden and his supporters have claimed their hostility toward the West is partly a result of the United States' past support and involvement with Israel. U.S. involvement began during the conflict between Egypt and Israel, Great Britain, and France when their diplomatic intervention persuaded the countries to withdraw. The United States, however, continually supported Israel by aiding them financially and militarily. Israel proceeded to engage in the Six Day War of 1967, which caused the oil producing Arab States to issue a 15 percent reduction of oil production and an embargo of shipments to the United States. The October War soon broke out in 1973, and the same countries issued yet another reduction, this time a 25 percent reduction, causing the United Nations to call a cease-fire. The Arab nations and Israel both refused direct diplomatic relations with one another, solidifying their conflictual positions. American administrations however became intent on breaking the diplomatic barriers between the two groups. This brought the Arab nations and Israel into the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Large advances in the acclimation of peace were facilitated by America's Henry Kissinger in 1973. The Camp David Accords were drafted, facilitated by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Israel and Egypt were promised large amounts of amounts of military aid, and the two countries signed a peace

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