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The explosion at New York City’s World Trade Center. The blasting of the U.S.S. Cole. As the world’s only real remaining superpower, the United States is increasingly a target of terrorism on these shores and abroad. When these unthinkable incidents occur, politicians, military leaders, activists, and policy wonks butt heads over what course of action to follow. Some experts say the nation should retaliate in kind. Others suggest going after alleged terrorists in the courts. And is there a solution that can please pacifists? In today’s forum, “How Should the United States Respond to Terrorism?,” those in the know face off. Panelists include Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Bruce Hoffman of the RAND Corp., and John Parachini of the Monetary Institute of International Studies. At noon at the Cato Institute’s F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 789-5229. (ND)