University of Toledo panel talks recent terrorism

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Terrorism across the globe seems as if it's happening everyday. It can be infuriating, scary and confusing.

"These types of attacks certainly unsettle people, so I think it's a good idea to talk about these types of attacks to figure out what to do now and where to go from here," Dr. Joel Voss, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo said.

Dr. Voss was one of four UT professors who fielded questions from students, other faculty members and the public.

A lot of focus was put on ISIS: who they are, how to stop them and the importance of knowing the difference between them and Muslims.

"If They're doing what they're doing; beheading people without trial, without witness, without confession; this is totally un-Islamic," Dr. Fatime Al-Hayani, Professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Toledo said.

Dr. Al-Hayani says that line gets blurred in times like this.

Some students agree and say that's why it's so important to be education.

"If you don't understand it, you will hate people for no reason," Tabitha Williams a UT student said. "More Muslims die at the hands of extreme terrorists than Americans ever have."

There's also the question of what can be done about ISIS and their influence. Most seem to agree a solution is complicated.

Joe Bergman serves int he Army Reserves and did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He says a potential solution will require more than just dropping bombs and will have to include boots on the ground.

"I'm 100% for it. I'd go back in an instant if i could," he said. "You need people on the ground, gathering intelligence, collecting target packages and being able to do kinetic operations on the ground."

Right now, it's unclear whether U.S. troops will be called. But in the meantime the panel stresses the importance of knowing the facts, so you don't spread more hate.

"Tolerance means 'I don't like you, but I'll tolerate you,'" Dr. Al-Hayani said. "I like the word acceptance. I like to accept you the way you are."

The discussion also involved Syrian refugees. The panel reminded the crowd of the strict vetting process they go through to get into this country and their traumatic past.