The creation and refinement of public transportation in the Arab World are issues that are infrequently brought to the public eye. However, these issues have underlying importance in the institutions of politics and economics in the Arab World. Organizations, such as The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are currently holding conferences to discuss the benefits of a more comprehensive and reliable public transportation system and infrastructure to connect the 22 countries in the Arab World. However, the promotion and creation of a public transportation system in the Arab World is hindered by more than a lack of funding and governmental backing. Public transportation vehicles are frequent targets for terrorists attacks in the Arab World. The IMF and the World Bank may try and construct a better infrastructure for public transportation; but what are they going to do to prevent the inevitable increase of opportunities for terrorism that will follow?
[...] Effective forms of public transportation will greatly reduce the use of cars which will cut back on the major problems of traffic in cities such as Tunis in Tunisia; and improve conditions in the environment which will help preserve some of the magnificent ruins and historical artifacts found in the Arab World. A new system involving transportation will also greatly help the people of economically deficient countries. In countries such as Egypt, which are run as satellite countries to a major core country, like the US or the United Kingdom, only one natural resource is exported and the economy relies solely on the demand and exportation of this one resource. [...]
[...] This invasion will not only cause more resentment to the western world; but it will cause violent repercussions in the Arab World and the rest of the world. Public transportation vehicles have been a consistent and unwavering target for terrorist attacks in the Arab World and has recently extended into other parts of the world. The popularity of public transportation for terrorist targets stems from the fact that it is easily accessible. Almost all countries at this point have some form of public transportation; and many forms of public transportation, excluding airplanes, have limited or no forms of security. [...]
[...] Many of the vehicles used for public transportation in the Arab World are crowded and filled with many people, especially during the middle of the day when most of the attacks occur. Blowing up a bus filled with people during rush hour can kill all of the people in the over- crowded bus, plus the other people that are in its near vicinity at the time. Attacking public transportation is also very effective because it creates a huge scene. People are usually horrified by an attack on such a common, public and accepted institution. [...]
[...] Many Arab countries have expressed a fear and dislike of foreign involvement because they believe that the western world is only interested in their natural resources and the subsequent opportunities of wealth and not any other element of their society. Their fear and dislike of western influences also comes from the fact that it appears the westernized countries are imposing solutions based on American institutions without taking into consideration the culture differences between the Arab World and the western world. [...]
[...] The Arab World countries that have already appeared in the global market place, such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates tend to have the most comprehensive and extensive transportation system. Israel now has almost 16,000 kilometers of paved roadways, with its new addition of the Cross Israel Highway, and 54 airports with international and national flights. The UAE has an estimated 10,000 kilometers of highway, and 38 airports with both international and national flights as well. These are the countries that have the most economic potential in the views of the western world. [...]
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