Category Archives: 2003

The Western Disease

The strange syndrome of our guilt and their shame.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

After watching a string of editorial attacks on America both at home and from abroad in the aftermath of Saddam’s capture, I thought back to the actual record of the last two years. Read more →

Stuck on Calypso’s Island

Dialoguing with the Europeans.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

What follows is a fair summation of about 20 or so dialogues I had recently with a series of Europeans — a good cross-section really of Scandinavians, British, Germans, Greeks, and Dutch. Questions and answers are taken almost verbatim from our exchanges. Read more →

Critical Mass

We are reaching a showdown in this global war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We will ensure the peace in Iraq because of our support for consensual government, our massive infusion of material aid, and our respect for Iraqi sovereignty and culture. But none of this is possible without security, which is the dividend solely of military success. Read more →

A Real War

Fighting the worst fascists since Hitler.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Saddam’s Baathists recently blew apart Japanese diplomats on their way to a meeting in Tikrit to discuss sending millions of dollars in aid to Iraq’s poor. Read more →

Multilateral Mantras

The fantasies of the old world meet the realities of the new.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

London protesters. Big bombs dropping in Iraq. More lectures about Guantanamo. Angst from the French and Russians. Kofi Annan miffed. Jimmy Carter back home writing novels. Read more →

Loyalty, How Quaint

The timeless importance of an old quality

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review

Vol. 55, Iss. 22

Even in our postmodern age 19th-century ideas like patriotism, loyalty, and treason still cause controversy. The recent news that some Arab-American and Islamic translators and chaplains at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay were either openly sympathetic to their captives or direct conduits to terrorist organizations in the Middle East might seem like an open-and-shut case of treason. Read more →

The Paradoxes of American Military Power

Strange new guidelines about the way we fight.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Critics now fault an American military that ripped apart Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait to Kurdistan in three weeks for its apparent inability to restore civilization in the sixth months after the demise of Saddam Hussein’s 30-year nightmare. Read more →

Then & Now

Battles change us and stay with us.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last of a four-part series excerpted from the introduction of Victor Davis Hanson’s latest book Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think, reprinted with Doubleday’s permission. Part I of the series can be read here and II here and III here. Read more →

Vet Bearing Gift

Two welcome rings.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of a four-part series excerpted from the introduction of Victor Davis Hanson’s latest book Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think, reprinted with Doubleday’s permission. Part I of the series can be read here and II here. Read more →

Ghosts & Survivors

War memories of a man I never knew.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a four-part series excerpted from the introduction of Victor Davis Hanson’s latest book Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think, reprinted with Doubleday’s permission. Part I of the series can be read here. Read more →