Iowa State U. Professor Asks For Essay on 9/11 From Terrorists’ Point of View


James Strohman, an international studies lecturer at Iowa State University, recently asked his students to compose an essay on the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of al Qaeda, according to a Monday report by The College Fix.

The website obtained a screengrab of Strohman’s assignment, who asked his pupils during the first week of the class to “write a paper that gives a historical account of 9/11 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened?”

The academician, who served as a Democrat for a countywide office in Iowa from 2006 to 2010, underlined to his students to not “worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives.”

A spokesman for Iowa State University defended Strohman in a statement to The College Fix: “As you can see, 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.”

The statement went on the justify the assignment: “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.”

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