Third Blue Essay Topics

Pick one of the topics below. The essay is due at the start of class on Wed., 8 Nov..

  1. Given Pape's "nationalist theory of suicide terrorism," is Townshend wrong to separate the discussion of "nationalism and terror" from "religious terror"? Aside from the use of suicide attacks, is the use of terrorism by Hezbollah and al Qaeda similar to the use of terrorism by Zionist and Algerian national independence struggles?
  2. Criticize or defend this position: “If Pape's theory of suicide terrorism is correct, al Qaeda is best seen as an Islamic nationalist movement fighting against US and western imperialism in the Middle East. This means that the US and its allies must expect continued suicide terrorist attacks, or the US must withdraw its military forces from the Middle East. There is no other way to achieve victory, as Townshend's account of  nationalist struggles shows.” 



The essay should be 1200-1300 words (roughly 4 double-spaced pages) in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) Have a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.