associate professor of political science
many first hearing of the events, Emile Sahliyeh was disbelieving.
daughter told me of the attack and I wanted to believe it
was pure nonsense, he says. When I heard more
about the first plane crash, I hoped it was an accident.
I could think of were the numbers of casualties, he
says. I couldnt think or work or do anything.
No one in their right mind could.
the end of the day, he was taking calls from newspaper, radio
and television reporters. All wanted the expert opinion of
someone who studies the politics of the Middle East.
feel it is my duty to educate the public, keep people calm
and share my insights about who the terrorists might be,
Sahliyeh says. But it still exhausts me to sort things
out. This was so hard, so painful, so tragic, and to try to
talk about it rationally seemed impossible.
and his colleagues, in addition to sharing their expertise
with the media, created a forum to discuss the issues with
the UNT community. They addressed such questions from students
as Why do they hate us? and What comes next?
of all I wanted to emphasize calmness and faith, Sahliyeh
says. But Ive been pleased that our students truly
want to understand, to see how other nations see the U.S.