LP – The United States and Iran: A Troubled History

The United States and Iran: A Troubled Past Common Core Standards: RH2, RH6, WHST1 Connections: This lesson can be used as part of a larger unit related to twentieth century issues and conflicts in the Middle East.  The lesson can also be relevant for a sociological and/or psychological examination of propaganda techniques and their impact.  […]

Middle East Conflagration to Come? A Changing U.S. Role?

A generation ago, Israeli and Egyptian leadership worked to lesson tensions in the volatile Middle East. Israel’s PM Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat back in the 1970s realized that “jaw-jaw” was better than “war-war” in Churchill’s words. Since then (with the exception of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993) there has been a dearth […]

Visions of War

On December 15th President Barack Obama welcomed home U.S. troops from a war he once had called “dumb.” His speech avoided the reasons why the Iraq War was fought and focused instead on honoring the American servicemen and women who fought it.  Inspiring words–“extraordinary achievement,” “honor,” “sacrifice,” “finest fighting force,” “unbroken line of heroes,” “progress […]