SOLO Press Release: Liberty or Death?

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-09-10 23:10

"On September 11, 2001, Islamo-Fascist terrorists slaughtered thousands of innocent Americans. Their deaths remain a somber reminder of the palpable threat that Islam poses to Western civilization," says John Gagnon, Executive Director of SOLO (Sense of Life Objectivists).

Speaking on the eve of the 5th anniversary of Islamo-Fascism's most blatant declaration of war on the West, Mr. Gagnon continues:

"Islam is not a good religion hijacked by extremists. Rather, Islam, in its unadulterated form, is an irrational, dogmatic belief system that demands submission at gunpoint. Its followers hate freedom, reason, justice, and productive achievement – all values symbolized by the Twin Towers, and the people who worked in them.

"Five years on, there remains a substantial threat to freedom-loving people around the globe. Increased belligerency by Islamic terrorist groups and by Iran – a militant Islamic theocracy – reveal that our enemies are fanatically committed to their evil cause. For five years, the world has witnessed the potency of Islam's hatred of freedom. It manifests itself in regular beheadings, bombings, the kidnapping and slaughtering of innocents, gunpoint conversions, and the forcible oppression of women.

"Despite the clear and present danger that Islam presents, intellectuals are engaged in an orgy of willful ignorance and the leaders of the free world consent to and actively endorse diplomacy with the representatives of militant Islam. The policy of appeasement they advocate will do nothing but embolden those who want to destroy our lives, strip away our freedoms, and turn us into slaves."

Mr. Gagnon states that SOLO, as an Objectivist organization committed to Ayn Rand's philosophy of reason and freedom, urges President Bush to wage unrelenting war against Islamo-Fascism abroad, not to allow a democratically-elected version of it to take power in Iraq – and not to embrace a Christian version of it at home.

"The words of Patrick Henry are as applicable today as they were in 1775: 'Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!'"

Principal: Lindsay Perigo,,
Executive Director: John Gagnon,, 504.415.3040

EDIT: This Press release has been distributed to the major media outlets.

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Kevin's picture

("Urges President Bush to wage unrelenting war...")

"The men the people most admire are the greatest Liars, while the men they most hate are those who try to tell them the Truth"

Which are you?


LWHALL's picture

I agree with the direction of where you are going in order to try and put Objectivist viewpoints which SOLO and others hold out in front of the general public, however I would bring to your attention the old saying "the whole world is a critic" in order to help give some direction for future releases.

In order for Objectivists to be more at the forefront or cutting edge at trying to shape U. S policy I believe it is imperative that workable solutions are set forth in a positive manner rather than ongoing criticism which is negative in it's approach. If we believe we can use the Objectivist philosophy to make the world a more rational place to live then it should follow that concrete ideas(I don't mean trying to do military planning for them) can be formulated and advanced in how exactly to deal with the current problems which face us. This, I believe will be the determining factor in whether Objectivism will be a viable force in the future of the world.



Melissa Lepley's picture

Very well said! Also, very necessary...


"I aim to misbehave."


Prima Donna's picture

John, I'm so glad to see you are forging ahead with news releases of this kind. This was a powerful statement, and I hope that a steady stream of these will start getting attention where it is deserved. Well done.


-- The Gilded Fork

You have done the soloists

Sandi's picture

You have done the soloists proud:)

Well said that man.

Peter Cresswell's picture

Short, succinct and to the point.

Well said.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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