Terrorism

On 9/11 Remembering the Truly Forgotten, Twenty Years Later

America’s attackers understood more about the roots of American prosperity and the wellspring of human prosperity than most Americans do.

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Who Will Defend Industry from Eco-Terrorism?

The good news: a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon, has indicted 11 people on charges that they committed acts of domestic terrorism on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. Moreover, now one of the FBI's "highest domestic terrorism...

Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech

The Ayn Rand Institute is releasing this 1989 editorial--originally published as an advertisement in the New York Times--because the same essential issues underlie the Rushdie debacle and the current uproar over cartoons of Mohammad. In both cases, the ultimate target...

Letters to the Editor: September 2005

United Nation Reforms Worse Than Doing Nothing September 21, 2005 To the editor; Mr. Journo's cogent article (The UN's "Virtue" Is Its Vice) hit the nail right on the head: what is wrong with the UN is not economic corruption, improperly orgainzed institutions, or a...

Dealing with Terrorism

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, admitted that the problem of Iran's growing nuclear weapons capability has to be "dealt with." She didn't say exactly how or when, but later on in the interview she did comment,...

Fight the Root of Terrorism With Bombs, Not Bread

In light of the recent suicide bombings in London, and the general inability of the West to prevent terrorist attacks, there is much talk about fighting the "root cause" of terrorism. The most popular argument is that terrorism is caused by poverty. The United Nations...

What Kind of Intelligence Needs Reforming

I don't mean to minimize the concern over intelligence reform in this country. However, the kind of intelligence most desperately needed is the philosophical kind. For our government officials in the Pentagon, the CIA, and elsewhere, philosophical intelligence refers...

9/10 vs. 9/12 on 11/2

"I can wage a better war on terror than George Bush has." So speaks Senator Kerry in the U.S. presidential campaign's final days, again reminding voters that the key issue in this race remains as it was a year earlier - deciding which candidate will better protect...

Columbus Day: The Cure for 9/11

On Columbus Day, in sum, we celebrate Western civilization with the utter certainty that it is good according to an objective standard: man’s life. America therefore deserves to prevail against the religious totalitarians who would destroy industrial civilization and return mankind to the Stone Age.

Letters to The Editor: September 2004

September 28, 2004 Why Australia is No Ally to Kerry Australia is a strong ally of the United States. We have a history of fighting alongside American troops in the wars of self interest over the past century (World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War I). We...

Negotiating with Terrorists

Q: Dr. Hurd, I know you favor a strong stance against terrorism. However, I'm sure you disagree with the policy of the Bush Administration and Tony Blair in Britain to refuse to negotiate with the groups who practice beheading. People are dying in the most brutal...

A Tale of Two 9/11s

On September 11, 1814, Thomas MacDonough looked out across Lake Champlaign to see the fruits of his work over the summer. Upon the lake were near twenty ships, ranging in size from small gun boat, no more than a large row boat with a small cannon inside, to small...

What’s At Stake in the War Against Terrorism

Q: You say that if--when this country is attacked again--John Kerry would probably call the U.N. and "scream for help". But Kerry told the people of the U.S. that if it was attacked again he would respond or react. So why do you say that he would appeal to the U.N....

Preventing 9/11: “A Failure of Imagination”?

Contrary to the claim by the 9/11 commission chairman, the failure to prevent 9/11 was not "a failure of imagination." It was a failure of cognition. For decades prior to 9/11, terrorist attacks against Americans were perpetrated without any noticeable response from...