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Appeasing Iran Ignores the Lessons of History

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online
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Photo via conservativebyte.com

The now-concluded Iran nuclear negotiations predictably reflect ancient truths of appeasement.

Could World War II Have Ended Sooner than It Did?

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Building the New Dark-Age Mind

America’s descent into the Dark Ages will not end well. It never has in the past.

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

america_anarchy_flag_11-30-14-1History is not static and it does not progress linearly.  There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry.

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Why America Was Indispensable to the Allies’ Winning World War II

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

America’s Politicized Tax Enforcement Is a Harbinger of Decline

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

The Shadow of Munich Haunts the Iran Negotiations

Once again our leaders are needlessly appeasing a hostile state that shows them nothing but contempt.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

The Administration’s Adolescent Rants about ISIS

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO- The Corner

Our Dangerous Historical Moment

Obama and European leaders are repeating the mistakes of their 1930s predecessors.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online 

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World War II was the most destructive war in history. What caused it?

The panic from the ongoing and worldwide Depression in the 1930s had empowered extremist movements the world over. Like-minded, violent dictators of otherwise quite different Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, and the Communist Soviet Union all wanted to attack their neighbors.

Yet World War II could have been prevented had Western Europe united to deter Germany. Instead, France, Britain, and the smaller European democracies appeased Hitler.

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The Last Lion Remembered

Winston Churchill never once flinched in the face of the Third Reich.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

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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