Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America Setting & Symbolism

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Afghanistan

Nearly the size of Texas, Afghanistan contains a rough and rugged landscape making it an ideal place for terrorists to live in isolation. In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in an attempt to install a secular government. The US forced the Soviets out of Afghanistan. In the aftermath, the country was left with a huge assortment of weapons that enabled the Taliban - an Islamic extremist group - to take control of the country. At the turn of the century, Afghanistan ranked lowest in the world in infant and child mortality, life expectancy, income, education, medical facilities and services, and nutrition.

Iraq

Iraq is one of three countries US President George W. Bush labeled as the "Axis of Evil." The US invaded Iraq in March of 2003 to end of the cruel dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and rid the country of Saddam's sons; to develop a system of...

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