The War on Terror – A Long Look Back
The death of Osama Bin Laden has pushed the ‘war on terror’ back into the headlines. But while there are still many unanswered questions about what’s next for the United States in Afghanistan, it could be instructive to remember how we got there in the first place. This week, Town Hall Journal takes a look back through its vast archives at ten years of speakers. Pre-9/11, the advisor to the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan warned that U.S. aggression was turning heroes into terrorists. A post 9/11 panel questioned the wisdom of treating that event as an act of war, rather than an international crime, and responding as such. And a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence shed light on the misinformation that led the U.S. into war with Iraq. Now that Bin Laden has been taken out of the picture, can retracing the long road to his hideout prevent us from repeating the same mistakes? Can we expect retribution from Al Qaeda? Have we finally ended the war on terror – or is there more to come?
Town Hall Vault Speakers:
Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, advisor to Taliban leader Mullah Omar (2001)
Tad Daley,visiting scholar, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001)
Michael Intriligator, Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001)
Steven Spiegal, Associate Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (2001)
Khaled Abou El Fadl –Professor of Law, expert in Islamic law and terrorism (2001)
Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush (2003)Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (2004)
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