Elan Journo in Denver

 Posted by on 11 April 2010 at 1:00 pm  Announcements
Apr 112010

An announcement from Kirk Barbera of the Auraria Campus Objectivists:

The Auraria Campus Objectivists club is proud to announce our last speaker of the semester: Elan Journo.

WHEN: April 26th from 6pm – 8pm

WHERE: Auraria Campus downtown in the North Classroom (NC) building room 1539 go to our blog for more detailed directions.

WHAT: Our Unwinnable Middle East Wars

The regrouped Taliban and their Islamist allies are waging a fierce comeback in Afghanistan–the launching pad for 9/11–and are actively hatching plots against us. The Islamist regime in Iran–which began an anti-American holy war decades prior to 9/11–appears poised to acquire its own nuclear weapon. Pakistan struggles to fend off Islamist forces seeking to dominate the nuclear-armed state. Many now believe that America’s military operation in Afghanistan is unwinnable–even as new threats, from Iran and Pakistan, loom large.

Is there a way out of this seemingly hopeless and worsening mire?

Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Institute explains that a key problem in U.S. policy since 9/11 has been Washington’s failure to clearly identify the enemy. The Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian regime are not separate problems to be dealt with piecemeal. They are part of the Islamist movement, the state-supported, ideological enemies whose members share the goal of imposing totalitarian Islamist rule worldwide, and they regard America as a prime enemy. To protect ourselves from the Islamist movement, Mr. Journo argues, requires a thorough understanding of this foe and the willingness to defeat its state supporters. Had we done that after 9/11, we could have ended the Islamist threat years ago–and we still could today. Q&A follows.


Elan Journo is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights focusing on foreign policy issues. He is the editor of and chief contributor to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Chicago Sun-Times, and Orange County Register. Mr. Journo’s articles have also been published in major newspapers abroad, including Australia’s Herald Sun, Canberra Times and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Mr. Journo is also a contributing writer for The Objective Standard, a quarterly journal of culture and politics. Mr. Journo has lectured in college campuses and has given numerous radio interviews on foreign policy and the threat of Islamic totalitarianism. Specialties: Foreign Policy, Foreign Aid, Islamic Terrorism, National Security, Individual Rights.

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