The Middle East Essay

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You are the new Security guard at the International Airport. You made sure everything was in order and that people safely went to their designated flight. As you were walking around the airport, you notice a Middle-aged man carrying a large suitcase. The man seems nervous and is looking around as if he is lost. However, as you approach him, your intention of helping the man vanishes when you notice that the man is wearing a type of scarf around his head and a long white garment that distinguishes him as a Muslim. Instantly, flashes of the 9/11 attacks come rushing in your mind as you confronted the man about his nervousness. The man explained that his flight was arriving soon and that his friend is running a little late. You still wanted to pry the man more, but then the man’s friend came and they were on their way. Many people today in our society get the impression of a terrorist when meeting someone from the Middle East or a Muslim for the first time. Because the impact of the 9/11 attacks were caused by people from the Middle East, others immediately link terrorism with people from the Middle East. The culture of the Middle East, the U.S. involvement in the Middle East, and the Arab Israeli Conflict influenced the connection between terrorism and the Middle East.
Islam is a religion practiced by many Muslims around the world. For example, Muslims follow a set of laws under Islam, which is called the Shari’a. The Shari’a contains laws pertaining to politics, economics, banking, and so on (Del Priore, 27 Mar. 2013). Every Muslim must follow the laws of the Shari’a just like Americans follow the laws under the Constitution. The ways of the Shari’a might look extreme under foreign eyes that might cause tension toward Muslims. In addition, the official language in Islam is Arabic. Many words related to Islam are sallam and jihad. Sallam means peace and jihad means struggle. Most Muslims cannot condone to violence against American citizens. Muslims are misjudged by their actions, even if their words mean peace. Terrorists are known to be violent, but the word jihad actually means struggle of the mind. Muslims are sometimes seen as terrorists to some Americans, however Americans are seen no different to Muslims.
The economy and war in the Middle East attracted U.S. attention. For example, the Middle East is famous for their discovery of oil. The oil became a center of...

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