Category Archives: March 2004

When Should We Stop Supporting Israel?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

The recent assassination of Sheik Saruman raises among some Americans the question—at what point should we reconsider our rather blanket support for the Israelis and show a more even-handed attitude toward the Palestinians? The answer, it seems to me, should be assessed in cultural, economic, political, and social terms. Read more →

We Are Finishing the War

Anatomy of our struggle against the Islamicists.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Across the globe we watch the terrible drama play out. Car and suicide bombings in Baghdad are aimed at American aid givers, U.S. peacekeepers, Iraqi civilians, and provisional government workers. Spanish civilians are indiscriminately murdered — as are Turks, Moroccans, Saudis, and Afghans. Read more →

When I Was Young . . .

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

When I was young, my parents in the early 1960s told me to ignore stories about the “Jews.” Of course, out here in rural California, I never met such distant persons, but only heard about them from disgruntled farmers (who, I wager, had never met any either). Read more →

Demonocracy: Beware of Once-Elected Thugs

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

What exactly does democracy — “people power” — really mean? Even the Greeks who invented this peculiar institution were not quite sure. Was it just rule by a majority vote? Or did it include mechanisms and subsidies to ensure the participation of the poor? Or to protect the minority from mob rule? Read more →

Blame Whom?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Let me get this straight. Two-and-a-half years after September 11, on a similar eleventh day of the month, 911 days following 9-11, and on the eve of Spanish elections, Al Qaeda or its epigones blows up 200 and wounds 1,400 Spaniards. Read more →

Thicker Than Oil

Putting to rest the Left’s Iraq deceptions.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It has now been almost a year since the liberation of Iraq, the fury of the antiwar rallies, and the publicized hectoring of Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Sean Penn, and other assorted conspiracy freaks — and we have enough evidence to lay some of their myths to rest. Read more →

Grammatical Gymnastics at the New Yorker Magazine

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

In a recent review of Donald Kagan’s The Peloponnesian War, and my Autumn of War, (“Theatres of War:  Why the battles over ancient Athens still rage” New Yorker Magazine, [January 12, 2004]), the classicist Daniel Mendelsohn  says that I believe that it is immoral to suggest defeat can be seen as victory: “The play asks the very question that Victor Davis Hanson considers “immoral”: whether abject defeat can yet somehow be a victory.” Read more →

Do We Want to Go Back?

What to remember come November.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The great accomplishment of the Truman administration was containment — especially the creation of a policy to ensure that Soviet Communism did not enter Western Europe. Critics on the right once argued over “Who lost China and Eastern Europe?” Read more →