Students Told to Write 'Historical Account' of 9/11 From Al-Qaeda’s Point of View

Liberal hypocrisy is afoot once more on college campuses.

Iowa State University international relations students were instructed to write a “historical account” of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the point of view of Al-Qaeda.


A copy of the assignment was obtained by the College Fix:

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.

James Strohman, the lecturer of the course, refused to reply to several requests for comment from the College Fix surrounding the disgraceful assignment, but a university spokesman did provide comment.

Rob Schweers, Iowa State’s director of communications, told the outlet “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.”


Shweers went on to add that the assignment was nothing more than an exercise to strengthen “critical-thinking skills to analyze international events through a different lens.”

“This is similar to the vital work being performed in our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence operations,” he continued in an email to the outlet, “such as the Central Intelligence Agency, or the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”

One should never have to defend the fact that the 9/11 terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead was one the worst attacks to ever occur on American soil.

The terrorist attack was carried out by 19 jihadists with the goal of killing and harming as many Americans as possible. There is no logical reason for understanding why they chose to do what they did to us.


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