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Brief Essay Questions
Answer the following questions about our disciplinary topic and case for this week. With the exception of yes/no, naming, and self-evaluative questions, your answers should reflect the time and thought you have put into studying this topic and should consist of a short paragraph, not just one-to-two-sentence answers. Type your answers in the box below each question.
1. What would you consider the three most important facts about Pakistan’s neighbors? List them in order of importance and briefly explain why they are important.
1) Religion difference. If a country does not support (or at least not go against directly) the religion of Pakistan, they can be friends. 2) Military support. Pakistan always seeks things that can boost its power. Military support is one way to gain their favor. 3) Economical support. They need help, and give whatever they can so they can get that help from their neighbors.
2. Why is India such a prominent enemy and threat to Pakistan (from Pakistan’s point of view)?
Nuclear power and religious differences.
3. What is the most critical principle for non-Pakistanis to understand about how Pakistan views its neighbors? Why is this principle important to understand?
I used to think that everybody hates Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, all those countries. When I learned how close China and Pakistan are, that changed. I think it is key to see that Pakistan does have strength in numbers, especially because one of their best friends is flipping China.
4. What is the most interesting thing you learned from “digging deeper” and exploring Pakistan’s neighbors beyond reading the required backgrounder?
I learned more about the different wars between India and Pakistan. I already knew the Kashmir wars, but to see just how many issues there are between the two countries is disturbing.
5. Whose post on this week’s Class Discussion board about Pakistan’s neighbors made the greatest impression on you? Type his or her name below:
5a. Please copy and paste into the box below, a phrase or sentence from this student’s post that reflects and/or identifies his or her main point or argument.
It wasn’t so much a single sentence that identified the whole post. I was mostly impressed by her analysis of each country individually. It was well thought out.
5b. What impression did this post make on you and why?
I was impressed that she took the time to individually assess each country and why they have the relations they do. It was a great post that made a lot of sense.
2010 Ahmadi Mosque Bombings
6. What is the most important thing you learned this week about the Ahmadi Mosque Bombings? Why is it important?
I have never seen such horrible discrimination in another country. I was… Not a good thing, but also kind of nice to see that there are other countries that do things just because of differences. The USA is not the only country to do that.
7. Whose post on this week’s Class Discussion board about the Ahmadi Mosque Bombings made the greatest impression on you? Type his or her name below:
7a. Please copy and paste into the box below, a phrase or sentence from this student’s post that reflects and/or identifies his or her main point or argument.
When I think of instances of discrimination in America, I think of each new wave of immigrants.
7b. What impression did this post make on you and why?
This was a very concise statement that really made me know exactly what he was talking about. I was impressed that he had made that analysis. It was something that I had talked with one of my YSA friends about, and was glad to see that there are others who felt the same. I think it all stems from fear of the unknown. The immigrants are an easy target for discrimination because they are so new.
8. What connections did you make this week between Pakistan’s neighbors and the Ahmadi Mosque Bombings? How are they related? Why is this important?
I don’t really see much of a relation. The neighbors was about surrounding countries, but the bombings were more a civil matter. I guess I could push this and say it could stem down to bitterness that Pakistan still feels for India, so they take it out where they can.