"From the Iranian hostage crisis to September 11 to the London subway attacks to the Iraqi insurgency—it is clear the West faces a grave threat from a committed enemy. Conventional wisdom holds that the enemy is a rogue group of fanatics, who have hijacked a great religion in order to justify their crimes. It tells us there is no way to permanently eliminate these violent groups, that we have entered an "age of terror" and that we must give up the desire for a decisive victory.
"But is the conventional wisdom right?"An expert panel discussion at UCLA titled "Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West," examined the question, and came back with a very firm answer. Watch Daniel Pipes, Wafa Sultan and Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Institute "provide new and illuminating answers to the most important questions of our time: Is the West ready to concede victory so easily? Are the terrorists a fringe group of fanatics, or are they part of a much wider ideological movement? What threat do they pose to the West? What can the West do to ensure victory? Is peace possible?"
The video of the event is here. Naturally, any such event attracts protest, but this time they failed to shut the event down. Coverage of the panel discussion and the protest is at LGF, Infidels are Cool, and Student of Objectivism. [Hat tip Thrutch]
UPDATE: Overwhelming interest in this presentation has the video server at full capacity. If you are having trouble (and it's working fine as I type this), then keep patient, and maybe bookmark the link and come back later when most of America is asleep.
UPDATE 2: Yaron Brook's article in the latest issue of The Objective Standard, The “Forward Strategy” for Failure, "examines the Bush administration’s so-called war strategy and shows that its manifest failure is a consequence not of good ideas poorly implemented, but of the morally corrupt ideas motivating the administration." [Note, this article has been made accessible to both subscribers and non-subscribers.] It's backed up by several seriously good analyses along similar lines, many of which have also been made available to non-subscribers.
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