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The Yom Kippur War

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Has a positive/negative effect on the country, its people, government, etc.
The event impacts their international influence/standing, their economy, their relations, their
infrastructure, etc.

The Yom Kippur War on 1973 was a significant event all around the world, whether it had an
effect in the United States of America, or across the world in Egypt, Israel, and Syria; the event
had a dramatic diplomatic effect on US-Soviet relations, nearly bringing the two superpowers
into a full scale confrontation. The Yom Kippur War was a war that began with the surprise
attack of Egypt and Syria on the country of Israel during the holiest day of Judaism. This war
affected the superpowers because the United States supported Israel, while the Soviet Union
supported Egypt and Syria, causing high tensions between the two and their difference in
opinions. Initially it appeared that Israel was going to fall to advanced Soviet weaponry, in an
attempt to rekindle their prestige after their loss in the Six Day War of 1967, but Israel received
large scale military assistance from the United States allowing the Israeli forces to push back
against Syria and Egypt, up until 30 miles from the capital of Syria. As a result of this the Soviet
Union demanded that Israel abandon the siege of Syrias capital, in the end the Israeli forces did
not back down causing the Soviet Union to threaten the Israeli government, in turn angering the
American government. Temps flared between both sides, leading up to the United States putting
a Stage 3 Alert for their military around the word (Ex: Stage 5 = Nuclear War). In the end the
Soviets backed down from their threat but the damage was caused to the US-Soviet Relations,
and would last for a long time before being repaired as a direct consequence of the Yom Kippur
War.
The Yom Kippur War became a clear example that the foreign super powers around the
world would not let things fall apart in the Middle East. Foreign superpowers will not just sit
idly around and let the Middle East fall apart after the events of the Yom Kippur War, the wars in
the Middle East have too much influence on the superpowers themselves to let it go unattended.
The Yom Kippur War was a great example of how superpowers are affected by the wars in the
Middle East, such as the 1973 American Oil Crisis, as a result of the Yom Kippur War, or the
influence of Capitalism/Communism in the countries around the world; each superpower has
their own interests in the countries that make up the Middle East and wont stand to have their
interests interfered with.