Democracy vs. Victory: Why the “Forward Strategy of Freedom” Had to Fail
By Yaron Brook
Recorded September 12, 2006
After Sept. 11 the Bush administration declared that we must go on a mission
to bring freedom to the Middle East nations that threaten us; thus, the Forward
Strategy of Freedom. According to this strategy, establishing democracies in
key Muslim countries, starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, 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. With the rise of the religious Shiites in Iraq,
of Hamas and of Hezbollah, and with the electoral victories of Islamic radicals
elsewhere in the Middle East, the Muslim world has grown more militant.
Why has the Forward Strategy of Freedom failed, and why was failure
inevitable? What are the flaws inherent in the strategy? How does it
necessarily undermine victory? What motivates it and what strategy should
replace it? These are the questions Dr. Brook addresses in this talk.
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Democracy vs. Victory: Why the Forward Strategy of Freedom Had to Fail—lecture only (63 mins.)
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