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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.

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 →

Never Forget

Victor Hanson, KIA, 1945.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first 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. Read more →

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 →

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