HUM-1040 FYS: The Long Emergency and the Coming War

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

The USA has defeated two of its great enemies in the Middle East: Communism/socialism and secular nationalism. Now it is in the greatest fight of all—against radical Islam. Or is it a fight against the religion of Islam and the Arab ethnic group? Or are these in rebellion against the USA/EU because they seek global hegemony? This is now called the War on Terror. What are the bases for this war? What is terrorism? Why are the Muslims/Arabs fighting this tremendous western power? What is Islam? What is Judaism? What is Eastern Christianity? How are these involved? PLO? Hamas? Hizballah? 9/11? Oklahoma bombing? Osama bin Laden? A war without end? etc. This is a first-year seminar course and meets the First-Year Seminar requirement of the GECC.