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Barack Churchill, 1939

“Certainly we do not need a disproportionate response to Herr Hitler that initiates a cycle of violence on both sides. We need to tamp down the rhetoric.” 

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

Photo via PJ Media

Photo via PJ Media

I have nothing to offer you, except blood, sweat, and arugula.

Winston Churchill, well before he became prime minister in May 1940, was busy all through 1939 prompting the British government to prepare for war — and then, as first lord of the Admiralty, helping to direct it once it broke out. But what if Churchill had been Barack Obama? What would Britain’s foremost opponent of appeasement have been like?

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Is the West Dead Yet?

The West is paradoxically dominant on the global stage and eroding from within.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online 

History’s Complexity Should Discourage Liberals’ Cheap Retroactive Morality

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Iran, the Munich Comparison, and the Abuse of History

The Iran Deal is not Munich, but the same foolishness of Western leaders is close enough to warn us what happens next. And it will not be good. 

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

obama_chamberlain_iran_8-2-15-1The Iranian deal has called to mind the Munich Agreement of 1938. Then Britain and France signed away the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia, in hopes that Adolf Hitler would be content with absorbing the German-speaking Sudetenland borderlands and cease further territorial acquisitions. But that appeasement only accelerated Nazi atrocities, from Kristallnacht at home to the dismemberment of all Czechoslovakia and, the next year, the invasion of Poland.

Is the Munich disaster a sound analogy for the current proposed agreement with Iran?

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Appeasing Iran Ignores the Lessons of History

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

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
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