opposing causes

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The exact issue or issues that truly precipitated the Civil War, along with the relative merit of the opposing causes thus engendered, is clearly important.
The applicants reflect the diversity of America: all economic backgrounds, all ethnic groups, numerous religious backgrounds, rural and urban, conservative upbringings, and even involvement in opposing causes.
Parallels between the characters of Bob and Wasim become apparent as their situations martyr them, not to the opposing causes of Islamic fundamentalism and US imperialism, but to the more complex ambient theme of the film: how is an individual to find a way to act morally, responsibly, for the greater good in such an incomprehensibly complex and corrupt world?