The Middle East has become the center of attention as the world has edged into the 21st century. This territory, known to some as the Cradle of Civilization, has drastically altered how powerful, first world nations approach international relations and conflicts. Previously, conflicts were clearly defined and based solely upon immediate desires, movements and ideals. However, this easily defined view of conflict disappeared during the reconstruction of the world following World War I and II. During this time, once colonizing nations pulled out of their far flung colonies and reconsolidated into more centralized powers. These nations, the US, France, the UK, Russia and China as members of the UN Security Council, began to reform the world. However, this reorganization overlooked thousands of years of history which worked against beneficial reconstruction of the Middle East. This oversight soon began to cause conflicts that no nation was prepared to resolve. These powerful nations drew arbitrary lines for political purpose instead of cultural respect. The many religions and cultures of the area, whose ideals conflicted and still do not cohere today, were forced together. The result of this reshuffling has led the world into a war on terror and has catalyzed an uprise in radical Islam. The world saw the rise of powerful dictators and cruel regimes. Most importantly, the world saw the deterioration of and manipulation of once pure, untainted religions. In the territory of Palestine, an ignored history, stretching back thousands of years is the root cause of one of the most widely discussed, debated and negotiated conflicts of the modern era. The paths of two cultures and religions, destined to cross, have converged over the territories now know as Israel and Palestine. The outcome of this conflict, and the involvement of the world super powers in it may very well alter the course of history in the Middle East.

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