a colonial power in terms of that which African "terrorists" were rebelling
against. Dr. Gordon said that it was not, but it was a hegemonic power.
The next question was addressed to Dr. Zilfi, asking her if she agreed
with Dr. Herf that Al Qaeda should be destroyed. She said yes, but she
approaches destruction differently, saying we cannot use cold war weapons
on terrorists. Al Qaeda is a principle - a "seed pod" for other organizations.
Military weapons will only get you so far - we need to address the problems
of the world as well, she stated.
The next questioner asked what role injustice, poor living conditions,
etc. played in creating the conditions for terrorism? Dr. Herf said
we needed less religion in politics worldwide and that we should address
humanitarian concerns but terrorists are enemies of discussion, so the
military efforts are needed.
The final question concerned how are we as a democracy supposed to neutralize
Bin Laden's message. Dr. David-Fox stated that the firmer the response,
the less terrorism there is in the future. Poverty and terrorism don't
have a one to one relationship - you can end one without the other.
The panel discussion concluded with remarks from Dr. Lampe, who ended
the session stating that only knowledge can dispel prejudice.