SDSU holds Mid-East conflict discussion
Thursday, July 20, 2006
SDSU Professor Dipak Gupta says terrorists around the world stick to common tactics. He says insurgents lay traps that force governments to overreact. People are then appalled and turn against the state. SDSU Professor Farid Abdul-Nour applied that idea by questioning the Hezbollah incursion into Israel.
Abdul-Nour: "Hezbollah might have been seeking to influence the internal Lebanese debate in their favor. They clearly anticipated some Israeli response. That then would have demonstrated that Israel continues to be a very serious threat to the security of Lebanon, and therefore they need to remain armed in order to defend the country."
University officials hope to raise the level of Mid-East discourse. The question-and-answer session that followed turned fiery, illustrating the deep division between both sides.
For KPBS, I'm Andrew Phelps
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