Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Palestine Pretense and Israel Reality

What the world knows, but can’t say, to be true/

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

A common theme throughout classical literature is the role of pretext (prophasis) contrasted with the actual cause of complaint (aitia) — the great divide between what aggrieved people say publicly and what they feel privately. Read more →

Questions: Making Sense of the World

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the advantages of living in relative isolation on a farm is the opportunity to ponder idle questions when there are few experts around to give the proper answers. Read more →

Listen to the Kuwaitis

What can we learn from the baffling stance of the Kuwaitis?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Kuwait has become a metaphor for the growing divide between the United States and the Islamic world — one that is fundamental and cannot be so easily resolved by shaking hands, holding conferences, and promising to “just to get along.” Read more →

What Wins Battles?

Warriors are not always soldiers.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the great trends of the modern world has been a blind faith in the overwhelming power of technology and material wealth. Read more →

Why the Muslims Misjudged Us

They hate us because their cultures is backwards and corrupt.

by Victor Davis Hanson

WSJ Opinion Journal Online

Since September 11, we have heard mostly slander and lies about the West from radical Islamic fundamentalists in their defense of the terrorists. Read more →

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

People seeking handouts use the war as an excuse

by Victor Davis Hanson

WSJ Opinion Journal Online

In times of national crisis we all look to government. It is the one entity that can marshal sufficient forces to protect us from foreign enemies and provide for our domestic safety. Read more →

Ferocious Warmakers: How Democracies Win Wars

by Victor Davis Hanson

The Claremont Institute

The historian Thucydides believed that democracies were the most adept governments at war making. Read more →

At War – What Are We Made Of?

The guts to resist evil.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

The United States finally entered the First World War because of the nation’s lingering outrage over a few hundred floating bodies from the sunken ocean liner Lusitania, which was torpedoed during Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare. Read more →

The Meaning of Tet

1968 Tet Offensive, Vietnam War

by Victor Davis Hanson

American Heritage

A historian argues that in Vietnam America’s cause was just, its arms effective, and its efforts undermined by critics back home — and that this is how things must work in a free society. Read more →

Five-Star Peacock

A Review of MacArthur’s War

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review

MacArthur’s War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero, by Stanley Weintraub (Free Press, 375 pp., $27.50) Read more →

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