April 09, 2007
Prediction: Riot at UCLA this Thursday
The Ayn Rand Institute will be hosting a free public panel discussion on Totalitarian Islam's threat to the West at UCLA Thursday. My guess is that you should expect violence. Let's hope law enforcement responds in kind.*
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.*As a USC fan I believe that all UCLA students should be tazered, regardless of their stance on Islamofascism.
But is the conventional wisdom right? Join us for a panel discussion titled "Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West."
A distinguished panel of Middle East experts will 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?
While the experts will answer these complex questions from diverse points of view, they all agree on one thing: the real threat is Islamic totalitarianism, and the right response necessitates engaging in a principled, ideological battle to defend the West from the jihad declared against it.
Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum
Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute
Wafa Sultan, writer and commentator
Moderated by Edwin A. Locke
Location and Details:
Moore Hall 100 [map]
Los Angeles, California 90024
Thanks to Eric for the tip.