The political and social elites in America have been talked about in much depth and targeted in the United States presidential elections this past november. Despite their faults, a much more dangerous and heinous elitist class dominates the warn torn and unsettled Middle-East.

The Economist reports that, “Arabs make up just 5% of the world’s population, but they account for about half of the world’s terrorism and refugees.”

With this troubling statement comes much further questioning. Why is such a small minority responsible for the majority of our world leader’s discussions? Why would a group characterized by devotion to faith be at the middle of this questioning?

In 2002, only about 5 arab states were in conflict. Today there are 11. In 2020, experts predict that 75% of arab countries will be. More and more, the arab youth is identifying with their tribe, region, secte, and religion over their country and government. At the heart of the issue is the elite class that rules the arab countries with an iron fist; the youth feel disenfranchised, distant, and forgotten. They have a strong sentiment that nothing will change through political process, and are therefore more inclined to violence.

What can be done to prevent the spread of conflict in the middle-east?

Should the United States let the region and their own problems, or should they resume their role as global police?

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