Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

A Ring

A Memorial Day tale about a few very good men.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Yesterday, our rural mail carrier delivered to our farm a ring in a small box — of worn metal, its band cut in half, with a strange signet inset of a Roman legionary. Read more →

At the Bottom of Pandora’s Box

A glimmer of hope along the Kabul/Palestine/Baghdad Axis.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box, after the naïve young girl (named “All the Gifts”) opens the forbidden lid, and a host of evils flies out to plague the world — hope alone is left behind to counterbalance the baneful effluvia. Read more →

Occidentalism: The False West

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

American professors have long lectured to our students about purported Western biases and cruel misconceptions toward the “Other.” Read more →

War Will Be War

No matter the era, no mater the weapons, the same old hell.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

War is eternal. It is part of the human condition; it is, as Heraclitus wrote, “the father of us all.” Read more →

A Tour of the Front

The landscape of the current war is especially bleak.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Since 9/11 there continues to come a swirl of bizarre images of this conflict — military, political, and cultural. In their aggregate, these symbols finally overwhelm the senses and lead to a profound sense of despair — if also occasional hilarity. Let me begin the tour with no fixed itinerary. Read more →

The New Fascism

Frightening extremist rhetoric from America’s critics.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Watching televised clips from a recent pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, along with other such demonstrations over the last few weeks, can be a chilling experience. Read more →

Israel’s Ajax: The Tragedy of Mr. Sharon

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Sophocles once wrote a magnificent play about the Greeks’ greatest fighter at Troy after Achilles — Ajax, as irreplaceable in war as he proved expendable in peace. Read more →

The World Upside Down

From the unthinkable to the passe in an instant.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Battle begins to take on a logic of its own, as the world itself does not stop at the sound of gunfire, but in fact goes on — and on, and on each day, peeling off an old layer of dogma and exposing raw truth. Read more →

Its a Mad, Mad World

Let us count the ways

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Palestinian Authority and spokesmen from the Arab world are now advancing a new party line by comparing their own struggle to our American Revolution — with overt associations between the Founding Fathers and Mr. Arafat and his associates! Read more →

Wishing War Away?

It’s not as uncommon as we pretend

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Unfortunately, wars are not as rare as lasting periods of peace. More people have perished in conflict since the Second World War than the 60 million who died during that horrific bloodletting. Read more →

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