Tom Goldstein, "Does Terrorism Have a History?"


was 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.

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