Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

The Wages of Appeasement

How Jimmy Carter and academic multiculturalists helped bring us Sept. 11.

by Victor Davis Hanson

WSJ, Opinion Journal May 10, 2004

Imagine a different Nov. 4, 1979, in Tehran. Shortly after Iranian terrorists storm the American Embassy and take some 90 American hostages, President Carter announces that Islamic fundamentalism is not a legitimate response to the excess of the shah but a new and dangerous fascism that threatens all that liberal society holds dear. Read more →

A Class War

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

General William Tecumseh Sherman–a quirky, difficult, and much misunderstood man–deserves a place on the roll call of great liberators in human history. Read more →

A Mixed Report: Grading the War

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Strategy: A

The dilemma of the United States in this war is not a strategic one. After September 11 Americans jettisoned the trendy, but flawed, exegesis that Islamic fascism was an irritant only—one that could be addressed by Grand Juries, cruise missiles, “boxing” in rogue nations like Iraq and Syria, and turning to Middle Eastern “experts” to learn how colonialism, racism, and imperialism understandably had energized millions in the Middle East against the United States. Read more →

Season of Apologies

It’s time for reckless critics to own up.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld were both asked to apologize recently for the illegal and amoral behavior of a few miscreant soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Read more →

How To Lose This War

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

As gas prices rise at home, scream that the war abroad was fought to steal Iraqi oil and get American hands on cheap petroleum. Talk about American imperialism and hegemony while the United States spends billions of dollars to implant democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more →

American Cannibalism

We are doing to ourselves what the enemy could not.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Have we any memory of a man in a suit and tie, nearly three years ago wading through the din and panic amid the morning rubble, assuring millions of stunned Americans that the national headquarters of their armed forces was still intact and capable of defending us after the mass murder of 3,000? Read more →

The Wars For The West

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Can we stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and remember the hysteria of the last three years—and then learn something from it? Read more →

Our Weird War of War

Our enemies know us only too well.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The wars since September 11 have once more revealed the superiority of Western arms. Afghanistan may be 7,000 miles away, cold, high, and full of clans, warlords, and assorted folk who have historically enjoyed killing foreign interlopers for blood sport, but somehow a few thousand Americans went over there and took out the invincible Taliban in eight weeks. Read more →

Abu Ghraib

by Victor Davis Hanson

Wall Street Journal

Pictures of American military police humiliating and, in some cases, allegedly torturing Iraqi prisoners in Saddam’s old Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad now flash across the world. Read more →

What the President Might Say

It is about more than just Fallujah.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We are presently engaged in a world war for our civilization and its vision of a just and humane society. Our values will either endure this present struggle and indeed be invigorated by the ordeal, or like once great civilizations of the past we will stumble in the face of barbarism and lose all that we hold dear. Read more →

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