Ivan Eland

Ivan Eland is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Recent Articles

It's What We Do

George W. Bush, in his global war on terror, has specifically avoided the clash of civilizations hypothesis, holding that the United States is not waging a war against the religion of Islam. However, the president has backed into the hypothesis by saying that terrorists “hate us because we are free.” The president, that is, has essentially made the argument that they hate America for “what it is.” We are not, Bush once said, “facing a set of grievances that can be soothed or addressed.” After September 11, this argument proved extremely seductive to the American political classes, media, and public, all of whom perceived that American values were under attack by the alien and villainous values of the Islamists. The argument has provided, for four years, the entire philosophical basis for how the U.S. government is fighting terrorism. Yet the argument is wrong. Had people bothered to scratch below the surface, they would have seen warning signs that Bush's aphorism was false and even...