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People Shocked After Discovering Prof's 9/11 Assignment Asking Students To Imagine They're Terrorists

Sun Tzu and other men of wisdom have said that sometimes you need to put yourselves in the shoes of your enemy. A college professor had taken this adage to the extreme in that he is asking students in his class to write a “historical account’’ of 9/11 from the perspective of radical Muslims.

Lecturer James Strohman recently gave his international studies students at Iowa State University an assignment: “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?

“Don’t worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists,” it goes on. “The point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives.”

Strohman also told the students there is no right answer with this paper, “just your ability to look at what we consider a heinous action from other perspectives.”

The assignment concludes by noting he knows this is not easy, but the idea is to “get out of the box” and consider the mindsets of other people and cultures.

University spokesman Rob Schweers said the institution had no problem with the assignment in an interview with a conservative media publication.

“As you can see, the assignment was in no way an attempt to diminish the tragic events of September 11, 2001,” Schweers explained. “Nor was it designed to support the goals of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

Schweers argued that the assignment would also help improve students’ critical thinking skills and learn to analyze international events using a “different lens.”

“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,” he commented.

Of interest, Prof. Strohman is a registered Democrat who is also a member of the Iowa Employment Appeal Board.

Source: New York Post
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