El Saadawi Calls U.S. Foreign Policy "Real Terrorism"

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"We cannot fight terrorism with terrorism," stated Nawal El Saadawi, speaking at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Middle Eastern Studies on Nov. 25. More than 100 people turned out on the last day of the long Thanksgiving weekend to hear the renowned Egyptian author and human rights activist address the topic, "Religious Fundamentalism, Globalization and Women."

A 1955 graduate of the University of Cairo, where she earned a degree in psychiatry, El Saadawi was fired from her position as director of public health after her novel Women and Sex was published in 1972. Love in the Kingdom of Oil is the most recent of her more than 30 books, which have been translated into 20 languages.

The U.S.-led war on Afghanistan, El Saadawi insisted, is "a war to exploit the oil in the region." It has nothing to do with eradicating terrorism, she maintained, the roots of which, poverty and oppression, are not addressed by either the U. S. government or the mainstream media. She urged the audience to "think how we can save our world from real terrorism--U.S. foreign policy and its steadfast support of Israel--not Osama bin Laden. …