From an Angry Reader:
Read your article in the NR.
Bad research, poorly written, some facts and a lot of your very biased opinions.
In short it is mostly drivel.
I hope your other work has good foundation and is better researched.
You should take the trouble to visit the so called “rogue states” so that you can opine with a balanced and, more importantly, informed view.
Victor Davis Hanson’s Reply:
Dear Angry Reader Farhan,
It is not wise to allege bias and “bad research” and then not cite a single example of error to support your wild claims. Otherwise the impression is that you are emotionally invested rather than empirically guided. I have visited many of the rogue states of the world and my opinion of them was not changed by visits there—except in most cases to have become even more pessimistic. There is a reason why many from Iran and Pakistan seek entry into the U.S.; but rarely do U.S.-born citizens seek to become citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan or the Islamic Republic of Iran. The nuclear technology of both countries is derivative of Western science and technology; both have violated international accords on non-proliferation; and both while called republics are not true consensual societies, given their theocratic natures.