US National Interest in the Middle East


Henry Thompson


The US is involved in perpetual police work in the Middle East.  The US, UK, and Europe drew the borders in the Middle East as well as those in Central and Eastern Europe at the ends of World Wars I and II.  The borders were drawn to split ethnic and religious groups between nations and diffuse their identity.  This plan has proven unworkable.  A comparison of the maps of Central and Eastern Europe now with those in the 1970s shows the sort of reorganizing along religious and ethnic grounds that is bound to occur in the Middle East.  US national interest would be better served by letting the region determine its own borders and styles of government.