Does America Support Terror?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a burning portrait of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. (Getty)

A bomb ripped through the inner sanctum of the Syrian government yesterday, killing some of President Bashar al Assad's top aides, including his Defense Minister and his brother-in-law.

The government condemned what it called a suicide bomb by “terrorists,” but the opposition said it was a planted bomb, detonated remotely. In either case, Syrian rebels reached the inner sanctum of the Assad regime. Some say the conflict has turned a corner because of it.

But could we be seeing a shift in tactics from the rebels, from military shoot-outs to office bombings? And where does America fit in? Where’s the line between supporting a revolution and supporting terror?

Mia Bloom is an associate professor of international studies at Penn State University. She's also the author of “Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terrorism” and "Bombshell: Women and Terrorism," and she says this could be the beginning of a scary contest: Which side can commit the worst atrocity?


Professor Mia Bloom

Produced by:

Brad Mielke

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