Description/Abstract of your Event:
It has been well known for over 50 years that when the US ousts a secular Mideast government - an ultra-violent radical fundamentalist Islamic force quickly fills the vacuum. The response from the Right is calls for more violence (And the accompanying build up of their profitable military industrial complex.) The accepted narrative on the left is that the US policy keeps â€œfailingâ€ and itâ€™s these failures which are fertile ground for Islamic extremism. This panel asks whether this shift from secular governments to radical Islam is a â€œfailureâ€ of US policy or the true agenda of the US imperialists and their (for profit) military industrial complex which can only survive in an environment of perpetual war.