Pop Quiz on the Middle East (Revised)
by James J. David - Jan 7, 2003
The original Middle East Pop Quiz was published by Charley Reese back on
February 8, 1998. Since then, there have been many additions to the quiz which I have added on this Labor Day week-end. With many thanks to Charley Reese and hoping he makes a full recovery from his recent illness, I present the updated version.
Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Q: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
Q: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other
nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United
Nations Security Council resolutions?
Q: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international
borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval
Q: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into
other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called
Q: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers
admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Q: What country in the Middle East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
Q: In what country in the MiddleEast was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
Q: In what country in the Middle East did theman who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Q: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in
Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters,
killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Q: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
Q: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted
to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Q. What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its
country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Q. What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinains while they prayed in their Mosque.
Q: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the
United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
Q. Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a U.N. Refugee Camp
in Qana, Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Q: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations
Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S.
Q. Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-thind of all U.S.
aid yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Q. Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then
sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the
Q. Which country in the Middle East routinely insults the American people by
having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid?
Q. Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his
staff not to worry about what the United States says because " We control
Q. What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for
demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing.
Q. Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass
destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly
populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?
Q. Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children
for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehichles, bulldozers, or
Q. Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt
any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Q. Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of
civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
Q.. Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
Q: What country in the Middle East is the United States threatening to attack because of fear that it may be a threat to us and to our allies?
(James J. David is a retired Brigadier General and a graduate of the U.S.
Army's Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington DC. He served as a Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and also served nearly 3 years of Army active duty in and around the Middle East from 1967-1969.)
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