Category Archives: 2005

Troubling “Facts” of the Paris Riots

How our newspapers might turn bias to balance.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The media’s techniques for smuggling opinion into what are supposed to be news stories are so pervasive that often we don’t even notice when they are at work. Read more →

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

by Victor Davis Hanson

Wall Street Journal

“Shameful,” screams Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, about the proposed extension of a security fence along the southern border of the U.S. “Stupid! Underhanded! Xenophobic!” bellowed his Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez, warning: “Mexico is not going to bear, it is not going to permit, and it will not allow a stupid thing like this wall.” Read more →

The Plague of Success

The paradox of ever-increasing expectations.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

After September 11 national-security-minded Democratic politicians fell over each other, voting for all sorts of tough measures. They passed the Patriot Act, approved the war in Afghanistan, voted to authorize the removal of Saddam Hussein, and nodded when they were briefed about Guantanamo or wiretap intercepts of suspect phone calls to and from the Middle East. Read more →

Give ‘em a Call

How to mitigate the collateral damage of hurt feelings.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

When Abraham Lincoln conducted a controversial war, he stocked his Cabinet with former critics and potential rivals like Salmon Chase, Edwin Stanton and William Seward. Perhaps he sought a diversity of opinion or wished to appeal to a wider public constituency. But just as likely, the sly president thought stroking egos in Washington was in the long run smarter than riling them. Read more →

Art Needs Moral Vision

Spielberg’s Munich offers only moral evasion

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Technical or artistic skill cannot compensate for moral confusion. This simple truth about art is as old as Plato, and applies to popular art like the movies as much as it does to high art. Read more →

Why Not Support Democracy?

Our orphan policy in the Middle East.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Why still no big-font, front-page headlines screaming, “Millions Vote in Historic Middle East Election!” or “Democracy Comes At Last To Iraq” or “America’s Push for Iraqi Democracy Working”? Read more →

Iraq and Moral Distortion

by Victor Davis Hanson

The American Enterprise Magazine

The war that began on September 11, 2001 has unfortunately pushed international moral relativism and anti-Americanism back onto the front burner. Ugly paradoxes abound: Read more →

Fade Away

Nothing novel or memorable with our war critics

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

“I implore you to inaugurate or invite proposals for peace forthwith. And in case peace cannot now be made, consent to an armistice for one year.”
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The Purple Finger

Iraqis know freedom’s knock better than our liberal media.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The election last Thursday in Iraq, the third since the U.S. invaded, is an astonishing historical event in the Muslim Middle East. Read more →

Lancing the Boil

We quietly keep in killing terrorists, promoting elections in Iraq, pressuring Arab autocracies to democratize, and growing the economy.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

For some time, a large number of Americans have lived in an alternate universe where everything is supposedly going to hell. Read more →