Category Archives: Geopolitics

Our Illiberal Immigration Policy Leads to Chaos

We need a meritocratic, ethnically blind system — the opposite of the status quo.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Five Middle East Blunders

The underlying causes of chaos in the Middle East are indigenous. But Obama hasn’t helped.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

What Are the Metaphysics of Islamic Denial?

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

Photo via PJ Media

Photo via PJ Media

After six years, it is no surprise that the Obama administration does not see the Taliban as “terrorists” or that it will not associate “violent extremism” with radical Islam or just Islam.

After all, when Maj. Hasan murdered U.S. soldiers it was nothing more than “workplace violence,” as if he were a disgruntled post office employee of the 1970s. Our two top intelligence chiefs assured us that the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular” and that jihad “was a legitimate tenet of Islam.” Add in “workplace violence” and the old “overseas contingency operations.” Do we remember that Ms. Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security warned us about right-wing returning veterans as the most likely to terrorize us? When someone blows up people at the Boston Marathon, beheads a woman in Oklahoma, or puts a hatchet in a NYPD officer’s head, he is not a terrorist or proselytizer fueled by Islamic hatred of non-Muslims as much as mentally confused. (I suppose in a way that a Hitler or Stalin was not.)

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Can Israel Survive?

Traditional pillars of the tiny democracy’s security have begun to erode.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Can the West Stand Up for Free Speech?

False moral equivalence and blatant cowardice threaten our tradition of free expression.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

The Real Scandals of the Paris March

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine

French President Francois Hollande welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Elysee Palace before attending a solidarity march in the streets of ParisCommentators on both the left and the right are slamming President Obama for missing the march in Paris last Sunday. Even a stalwart courtier like CNN’s Jake Tapper sniffed that he was “ashamed” that the U.S. was represented by an ambassador––one, by the way, who got her appointment by bundling money for the president’s political campaigns. But who’s surprised at this latest display of diplomatic incompetence? This is the same president who gave the queen of England an I-Pod loaded with his speeches, banished a bust of Churchill from the White House, bowed low to the Saudi King, blew off Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, and insulted on an open mike the prime minister of Israel, our most important ally in the Middle East. Missing the march is just Obama being Obama. Read more →

Glorified Bastards

For Western elites, Ahmadinejad is preferable to Hirsi Ali, the Castros to Cuban dissidents.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

The Timid Generation

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan caving in to North Korea.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Fantasyland, U.S.A.

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJMedia

Mr. President, honest, I did not write 1984 as a how-to guide.Photo via Eddriscoll.com

Mr. President, honest, I did not write 1984 as a how-to guide.Photo via Eddriscoll.com

One way of reinventing reality is to warp the meaning of words. No president in memory has waged such a war on the English language as has Barack Obama — changing the meaning of vocabulary to hide what he fears might otherwise be unpopular.

The Seductions of Appeasement

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

download (19)Before World War II appeasement was a good word, reflecting a supposedly wise policy of understanding an enemy’s predicaments. Sober Western democracies would grant tolerable concessions to aggressive dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to satiate their appetites for more. With such magnanimity everyone would avoid a nightmare like another Somme or Verdun.

Appeasement is always a seductive diplomacy because in the short term a bloody crisis is at least avoided. Hopes then rise that either tensions will cool as aggressors are pacified — or at least the latter won’t start trouble until the appeasers are long out of office. Appeasement is based on the theory that if you give one or two scraps of leftovers under the table to the dog at your feet, he will wag his tail and leave, grateful for such generosity, rather than to prove be even peskier for more.

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