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Democracy vs. Victory: Why the "Forward Strategy of Freedom" Had to Fail

Yaron Brook

Presented at: The Jihad Against the West: The Real Threat and the Right Response

Date: Oct 20, 2006

After Sept. 11th, the Bush administration declared that we must bring freedom to the Middle Eastern nations that threaten us; thus, the Forward Strategy of Freedom. By establishing democracies in key Muslim countries, starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, we would spur a revolution in the rest of the Muslim world—a revolution that would bring free, pro-Western, anti-terrorist governments to power. But the strategy has failed. The Muslim world has grown more militant, radical leaders are being elected to power, and Islamic totalitarian groups like Hamas and Hezbollah are on the rise. Dr. Brook will examine the inherent flaws of the Forward Strategy of Freedom and explore what should replace it.

foreign policypolitics

Parts: 1

Handout: none