Thursday 7 April 2016
An Occasional Lecture by Professor Joseph Camilleri
St Michael’s on Collins 120 Collins Street Melbourne
The United States launched the war on terror at 9.30pm on September 11th 2001. Since then, over 61,000 terrorist attacks have killed more than 140,000 people. Many more have died in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Many millions have had to flee their homes. Is there an end in sight to this mayhem?
The lecture will focus on what lies behind the killing and how we should respond:
- Are we witnessing something entirely new in human affairs?
- What are its causes? What of the responses of our political leaders?
- Do they understand the problem? Do they know what to do about it?
- What of religion: is it part of the problem or part of the solution?
- And what of society at large?
- Are we destined to be cannon fodder or at best irrelevant bystanders
- Or is there something we can do that will make a difference?