Review carefully and thoughtfully the information provided in the introduction to Topic 1 (see above) and in PowerPoint slides 84-118 of Topic 1, especially (1) the “Major Middle East Events of 1978-1979” (during which Egypt left Axis 2 and joined Axis 1 whereas Iran left Axis 1 and joined Axis 2) and (2) the written and/or videotaped statements made by (or about) US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, US President Ronald Reagan, Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, US Secretary of State George Shultz, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Soviet Jewish leader Anatoly Sharansky, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US Evangelical Pastor John Hagee, former Israeli Mossad head Dagan, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz alAsheikh, Qatar-based Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef alQaradawi, former Congressman Paul Findley, Salman (who became king of Saudi Arabia in January 2015), Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Declassified DIA document, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, and US Vice President Joseph Biden. Based on your critical thinking and your learning (homework assignments are writing-to-think assignments) from the above introduction and from PowerPoint slides 84-118, write a CONCISE essay (250-350 words) in which (1) you provide a clear explanation of why the Christian Zionists in the United States, the Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union, the Israeli Liaison Bureau Nativ, and the Islamic jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s were all brought together and laser-focused on ONE common goal (to defeat the Soviet Union, which bans the emigration of Soviet Jews to Palestine) and (2) you draw a clear comparison between the broad goals and means of the Islamic jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the ongoing war in/on Syria. Homework 1 is worth 10 points (10 percent of your final grade). Sources for homework assignments MUST be cited briefly and ONLY between parentheses in the text. Each homework assignment in this course must be formatted as a Microsoft Word file and uploaded through the TurnItIn link (View/Complete) by the deadline. No other submission will be accepted. Homework assignment 1 is due by 8/27/15 at 10 pm


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