There are three things to do in preparation for this last writing assignment:
1. Review pages 476-483 of your textbook.
2. Read the 2003 San Francisco Chronicle article, “First Khan, Now Bush…”
3. Watch the AP news story “Iraqis assess damage at main libraries” playing especially close attention around the 2:15 mark.
Once you’ve done all of that, write a multi-paragraph essay not less than 500 words in length in response to the following question:
The Mongol invasion of Baghdad and the Iraq War took place over 700 years apart. Still, on the eve of the Iraq war and afterward, references to the Americans as the “New Mongols” were common in the rhetoric of politicians, journalists and everyday people in Iraq and beyond. Why was this historical analogy so prevalent? What purpose did it serve?
Remember, this essay is not intended as a place for you to share your views on war, American foreign policy, etc. The question we are trying to answer is why. Why does the Mongol invasion continue to play such an outsized role in the political rhetoric of that part of the world? What does a political or military leader intend to accomplish when they invoke the Mongol comparison?
As always, please paraphrase rather than quote. Sources other than your textbook, the article and the video are discouraged.
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