East Texas Professors Analyze Fall of Baghdad

The images of today's "Fall of Baghdad" will forever be remembered by American students through history and government textbooks. Wedensday, we talked to some professors who teach those classes here in East Texas about what "today" means.

They believe the sheer jubilation in the streets is just a beginning in Iraq.

"To see the joy, the delight, the expression of freedom that these people are showing and the gratitude," recalls professor David Ligon. "It is a time of joy," says Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi. "But we have to look at these a little carefully not to jump to any conclusions that everything is o.k." two East Texas professors agree that if Saddam Hussein's fall in Baghdad is going to lead to peace, then America must make the right moves.

"I think our role, the United States role, at this point must gradually change from conqueror to liberator so we have to build an image."

Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi who's originally from neighboring Iran believes the U.S. needs to put on a human face embracing the United Nations, European powers and Arab countries.

"So this system will have legitimacy otherwise this government will be seen as a puppet government for the U.S.," says Dr. K.

Dr. K's colleague, professor David Ligon, sees the liberation of the Iraqis having greater value than anyone imagined, possibly overshadowing the U.S.'s initial objective to find weapons of mass destruction.

"I think the people that have been challenging this war will have to do some rethinking."

But, the coalition has some thinking to do as well according to Dr. K.  How do they rebuild bridges that are broken culturally, politically, economically, and religiously?

Dana Dixon, reporting