An international studies course at Iowa State University required students to write a “historical account” of the September 11th terrorist attacks from terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s point of view.
College Fix obtained a copy of the assignment that reads:
“Let’s focus on the 911 terrorist attacked [sic] and how it might be interpreted differently by different people around the world. For this exercise, you have to “get out of the box” of our thinking about what happened on 911 and view it from a completely different perspective. While this may seem difficult to do, it is merely an exercise in how different people, cultures, and historical perspectives may actually be.
“Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened. Use your imagination and make it as interesting as you like. There is no correct answer here, just your ability to look at what we consider a heinous action from other perspectives. Don’t worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives. …”
College Fix had not received a reply from James Strohman, the professor who gave the assignment, but did receive a response from a university spokesman.
“The assignment was in no way an attempt to diminish the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Nor was it designed to support the goals of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations,” Rob Schweers, Iowa State’s director of communications, told College Fix. “This is similar to the vital work being performed in our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence operations, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, or the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”
According to College Fix, Strohman is a registered Democrat.
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