The greatest thing about conferences is the wealth of information to which you’re exposed. You’re in an environment in which some of the best minds/thinkers congregate in one place. It’s like reading ten books in one day. The size of CPAC (about 10,000 people) is a bit overwhelming for me; I prefer smaller conferences — like under 100 kind of small. With this many people you have to wait in long lines for food, which is time consuming. Right now I’m between seminars and am in the lobby/bar area where people are eating, chatting, and typing away on their laptops.
I just came out of a seminar titled “Jihad” — more on that later. For now I’ll plant this thought in your heads: How much do you know about the war on terror? Or, as this eloquent speaker said, the “war on ideology”? Chances are, whatever you know isn’t much, or isn’t correct anyway, because only a small percentage of folks — like the people I’ve heard from in two different conferences now — truly understand its significance.
For example, Pamela Geller is a force to be reckoned with. I watched her duke it out with Joy Behar last week. She’s a New York Jewish woman, which right away makes her a traitor in the eyes of the media. Then last year at a conference in CA I met Nonie Darwish — whom I had not heard of before. (Actually, I just saw her coming out of the bathroom a moment ago.) Her story is amazing; and like the others I heard from this morning — Wafa Sultan, Simon Deng, and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff – their explanation of Islam will change the way you think about it. It’s the kind of information you will never hear about in the media — which is why I said you may not know as much as you think. I don’t think anyone could know what they need to unless they specifically sought out these unknowns.