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Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Illustration on the Bill O'Reilly/George Will contratemps by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When history and celebrity collide

Earlier this month, premier Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly became unhinged on live television. A red-faced Mr. O'Reilly loudly and repeatedly called his invited guest, Washington Post columnist and fellow conservative Fox News journalist George Will, a "hack" and accused him of lying. Published November 18, 2015

Illustration on Angela Merkel's shrinking stature as leader of Germany by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The decline of modern Germany

Germany's political stability and economic sway have until recently earned Chancellor Angela Merkel unprecedented global influence and power. Published October 28, 2015

Illustration on the state of the state of California by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can California be saved?

Crime is back up in California. Los Angeles reported a 20.6 percent increase in violent crimes over the first half of 2015 and nearly an 11 percent increase in property crimes. Published October 21, 2015

Illustration on "Sanctuary Cities" as a new Confederacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sanctuary cities as a new confederacy

There are now 340 sanctuary cities -- and the list is growing. All of them choose to ignore federal immigration law by refusing to report detained undocumented immigrants to federal authorities under most circumstances. Published October 14, 2015

Illustration on Putin's actions in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beware Putin and his 'anti-Hitler coalition'

Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned. Published October 7, 2015

Illustration on Pope Francis' U.S. visit by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Papal burnout

Unpopular though it may be to say so, I, for one, grew exhausted by the nonstop pronouncements and commentaries of Pope Francis. The spiritual leader of 1 billion Catholics -- roughly half of the world's Christians -- Francis just completed a high-profile, endlessly publicized visit to the United States. Published September 30, 2015

Crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary
Hungarian police officers control the border line as a migrant man carrying his child walks by at the Horgos border crossing into the Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Hungarian government is expected to decide Tuesday to deploy the army to its border with Serbia as a set of harsh new laws meant to stop the huge flow of refugees and other migrants through the country take effect. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Associated Press)

The tragic monotony of migration

There is a tragic monotony to the latest massive human migration, this one involving Syrians fleeing their war-torn country. Published September 16, 2015

Hillary's Train Losing Steam Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The exhausting Mrs. Clinton

Hillary Clinton's second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue. Published September 2, 2015

Illustration on the confusion of race and gender standards by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The modern malleability of gender and race

In the present postmodern world, we are told that there is no such thing as a biologically distinct gender. Instead, gender is now socially constructed. It can be defined by the individual in almost any way he or she sees fit. Published August 26, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks during a news conference with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (right), on Aug. 13, 2015, along the Animas River Trail in Berg Park in Farmington, N.M. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via Associated Press) ** FILE **

Big government as the new Terminator

Social observers from Aristotle and Juvenal to James Madison and George Orwell have all warned of the dangers of out-of-control government. Lately, we have seen plenty of proof that they were frighteningly correct. Published August 19, 2015

Neglect of the Law Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why disregard of law is America's greatest threat

Barbarians at the gate usually don't bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Published July 8, 2015

Smartphone Dunce Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

We are all Californians now

California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. Published July 1, 2015

Illustration on the redrawn map of the world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A new world map

Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Published June 17, 2015

General George S. Patton (Associated Press photo)

Why World War II didn't end sooner

Seventy-one years ago, the British, Canadians and Americans landed on the Normandy beaches to open a second ground front against Nazi Germany. Published June 10, 2015

Illustration on the draw western political freedoms have for the world's tyrannized peoples by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The quest for the whiny West

TUSCANY, Italy -- Northern and central Italy are not on the southern Mediterranean. But somehow thousands of refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are everywhere here -- as is true of much of the European Union. Some sleep on park benches. Many peddle knock-off electronic goods and counterfeit watches. Angry Italians shoo away refugee beggars from tour groups. Published June 3, 2015

Disavowing the appeal of the appeaser

For a time, reset, concessions and appeasement work to delay wars. But finally, nations wake up, grasp their blunders, rearm and face down enemies. Published May 27, 2015