The Middle East:
Land of Conflict
The Middle East has long been an area fraught with conflict. The source
for the conflict has been debated over the years, but the cause is still under
scrutinization. Many scholars have looked at the area with a critical eye,
trying to discern where the root of the fighting began.
In October of 1991, the leaders of the Middle East met in Madrid, Spain
To discuss the topic of peace. It was an historic event, as it was the only
time all the countries delegates were present in the same room at the same
time. There was little talk of peace, but plenty of blame to go around for the
lack of it. They all blamed each other and nothing was settled.
The Arab-Israeli dispute is responsible for wars in 1948, 1956, 1967,
1973, and 1982. The issues of each of those wars remain unresolved and the
Countries still have great mistrust for each other.
The failure to make peace
Proves that the roots of conflict run very deeply.
In 1980, the Iran-Iraq war began and continued for eight long years.
There were nearly a million casualties and it was labeled the bloodiest war
of the 20th century.
Lebanon has had a division of its numerous ethnic groups culminating in
a fifteen year long civil war. The Kurds have fought with the lands of Iraq
and Turkey for decades trying to gain their own homeland.
The conflicts in the Middle East are many, and have long been a concern for the nations outside of it. They are a major and vital supplier of the
worlds oil supply and are therefore very important to the economy. As the
conflicts continue, so do the outside opinions as to the cause of them.
Sami Hadawi, a Palestinian...