Understanding Why Issues About the Middle East Tend to be So Controversial

Issues touching on the Middle East tend to be extremely controversial. This is the impression you get, whenever you read the discussions in online forums touching on the said Middle East issues. This is also the impression you get whenever you hear politicians from across the political divide discussing about the Middle Eastern issues. Indeed, it is worth noting that the issue of foreign policy pertaining to the Middle East tends to come up in every presidential debate in the USA. And if you go to the ‘world news’ sections of major publications like the Daily Mail or the Washington Post, you are certain to always find stories about the Middle East, at any given time.

So, why are issues about the Middle East always so controversial?

The first reason as to why issues about the Middle East are always so controversial seems to be in the fact that the Middle Eastern region is very rich in natural resources. And as we all know, the issue of resource control is always an extremely difficult one to deal with.

The second reason as to why issues about the Middle East are always so controversial is in the fact that the Middle Eastern region is very strategic, from a geographical point of view. Of course, this point is likely to take us back to our previous point (on resource control). That is because, when all is said and done, people seek to be in control of geographically strategic places because that has an impact on the control of resource flow. Thus, for instance, the world powers that control the Middle Eastern region end up having a lot of say in the control of the shipping routes. They also end up being very influential in the exploitation of the hydrocarbons that the Middle Eastern region is said to be rich in.

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