Speculate on how a current international event might impact the United States.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It seems that there is, sadly, much from which to choose.  Concerns in Syria, Iran and nuclear weapons, gas prices from the international perspective are all examples of this.  I would say that I think that the current U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians and the anger it inspired in Afghanistan and around the world.  It has sparked some fairly intense condemnations from the Afghan people, a society that has endured much in way of rupture over the last four decades.  The demands of apologies from President Karzai as well as other elements in Afghan society might actually help to coalesce some of these elements in a form that stands against America and American interests in the region.  At the same time, renewed calls for pulling out of the nation are also evident, and the obvious destabilization that this will trigger are present.  Adding to this is that small bands of women are hoping that the United States forces do not leave, immediately recalling the savage treatment of women by the Taliban prior to the United States' arrival into the region.  The artful political and diplomatic navigation of the situation in Afghanistan will have profound political and social ramifications on the United States.  One international event, in this case a lone gunman in the form of representing the American military, has initiated a sequence that will have profound implications on the United States.


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