posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 08:04 AM
A little historical perspective.
The Persian empire lasted between 550 and 330BCE, before it was conquered by Alexander the Great. its not really relevant to modern times.
In the middle ages Christian Europe fought a holy war throught the middle east region between 1095 and 1291. Again, not particularly relevant to
Fast foward to the ages of colonial Europe, and you will see that, prior to the first world war, and into the second, Britain held sway over a lot of
the middle east region.
At the end of the second world war, the state of Israel was created in 1947, gaining indepedance in 1948. This is where the modern problems start,
because the Arab states did not agree to the partitioning of the country.
Flash forward to 1953, and the UK and USA conspired and overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran (look up Operation Ajax) for reasons
to mainly do with oil.
The US then propped up the Shah of Iran - essentially making him a cold war proxy "puppet" who used his position of power to basically crush any and
all political opposition, which is how Ayatollah Khomeni came to be sent into exile.
Khomeni returned to Iran and instigated the Iranian revolution, deposing the Shah, and seriously embarrassing the US in the process.
The US then turned to Saddam Hussein, and effectively propped him up as a power in the region to counter the revolution, providing arms and support
during the Iran/Iraq war and in the ensuing years attacking Iranian oil rigs in the gulf. The Reagan administration also ignored Iraqi chemical
weapons attacks on Iranian troops, something which caused huge resentment in Iran.
This was compounded by the USS Vincennse shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people on on board in 1988.
Afghanistan was invaded by the USSR in 1979 and the country soon became a proxy battleground for the Cold War, with the US supplying the Mujahideen to
counter the Soviets, until they withdrew in 1989
Again the US Supported the Pakistani ISI in setting up the Taliban, which quickly became something of a monster that was uncontrollable, and
responsible for thousands of deaths and the opression of anyone who did not agree with them. It was in this cauldron that Osama Bin Laden became
prevalent fighting with the Taliban in the Afghan Civil War.
Iraq, meanwhile, got too big for its boots, starting with the gassing of the Kurds in 1988 and then in 1991 when it invaded Kuwait - although its
possible Saddam Hussein thought he had US diplomatic approval for his initial actions. Hussein became a liability and - although he was eventually
defeated, remained in power. The Saudi's decision to give the coalition forces basing rights to fight the Iraqi's angered Bin Laden, who saw the
action as foreign powers occupying what he decreed to be holy land. Bin Laden is ostensibly responsible for ordering the attack on the USS Cole in
Now, fast forward to Sept 11th 2001, and the events of that day when a group of mainly Saudi Arabians carried out the terror attacks.
In response the US invaded Afghanistan - ostensibly to find Bin Laden, and then later turned their attention to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Thats the actual history.