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Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

The Truth Will Set Us Free

What this war is not about.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

So far most of our intelligentsia have been more eager to explain what this war is not than what it is. Yet the conflict is not a hash-it-out in the faculty lounge, nor a brainstorm over a headline in the newsroom, nor flashy quippmanship in a political debate. Read more →

“Those Jews”

If only Israel and its supporters would disappear.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

There are certain predictable symptoms to watch when a widespread amorality begins to infect a postmodern society: cultural relativism, atheism, socialism, utopian pacifism. Read more →

The Event of the Age

Iraq is becoming the deciding issue of our time.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Talk, yell, spin, flip, back peddle — so America’s elite pundits endlessly regurgitate the debate over Iraq. Most are terrified that last week’s gloomy prognosis will be proven foolish by this week’s relative absence of bombings — only in turn to be shown prescient by next week’s turmoil. Read more →

The Vision Thing

Convincing Americans to stick with a crazy Middle East.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Various Syrian foreign ministers, speaking on behalf of a recognized terrorist state, recently warned Israel for fostering “instability” throughout the region by taking out the supposedly empty infrastructure of a killers’ training base on Syrian soil. Read more →

Legends of the Fall

More myths about the current war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

“The war is against ‘terror’.” As a number of astute observers have reminded us, terror is a method, not an enemy. And we are no more in a war against it than we were once fighting the scourge of Zeros or the plague of Soviet MiGs. Read more →

What’s It All About?

Playing high-stakes poker like never before.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The objectives and methods of the terrorists and ambushers in Iraq are not hard to fathom. Their strategy is twofold. Read more →

Why History Has No End

Islamic rage and Western disunity show that reports of history’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

by Victor Davis Hanson

City Journal

Writing as the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Francis Fukuyama famously announced the “End of History.” The world, he argued, was fast approaching the final stage of its political evolution. Read more →

On the Right Side of History

The hard truth won’t go away.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

At the end of this summer of our discontent, an array of Democratic presidential hopefuls, along with a number of restless pundits, are seeking to reclaim credibility after their mistaken prognoses about the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Read more →

These Are Historic Times

Is it to be Lincoln or Sisyphus?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

By May 1864, Abraham Lincoln was in real trouble. The spectacular victories of the past year at Gettysburg and Vicksburg were mostly forgotten — in the manner that we no longer talk much about the amazing campaign in Afghanistan or the historic three-week drive on Baghdad. Read more →

The Great Divide

Looking back on the fires of 9/11.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

So many things about September 11 have coalesced to define the attack as a singular event in American history. Three thousand Americans did not die in a fire, earthquake, or flood. Read more →

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