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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

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

Illustration on the corruption of justice in taxation and enforcement of federal law by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No law, no civilization

Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? Published May 6, 2015

This, May 10, 2014, file photo, shows Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second left, as she takes off her sunglasses to pose for a group photograph with her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, their daughter Chelsea, second right, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, as they leave after they all attended Chelsea's Oxford University graduation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England. (AP)

Clinton vs. Clinton: Hillary's family is vulnerable on her core campaign issues

Hillary Clinton apparently plans to base her presidential campaign on the noble goals of greater fairness and shared sacrifice. She already has lambasted vast differences in compensation. "The average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes," Mrs. Clinton warned. She is right — but she can best appreciate that fact from her own career and family. Published April 22, 2015

Ethnicity mask illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The transracial nation

Not long ago, The New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as "Hispanic" on a Florida voter registration form. Published April 15, 2015

Illustration on Neville Chamberlain's deal with Hitler and the historical results of appeasing tyranny by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ghastly shadow of Munich

The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. Published April 1, 2015

Illustration on the Cotton letter's impact on nuclear talks with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators. Published March 25, 2015

Government scandals illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keystone Kops government

What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous. Published March 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

E-gate epidemics

Former CIA Director David Petraeus plea-bargained to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material after having given classified government information to his onetime mistress, Paula Broadwell. How was Gen. Petraeus' transgression uncovered? By exposure of a nongovernment email account that he had set up with to communicate with Ms. Broadwell free of CIA scrutiny. Published March 11, 2015

In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The audacity of weakness

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic — and likely to soon be nuclear — Iran. Published March 4, 2015

President Obama speaks in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A liberal solution to immigration

A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos. Published February 25, 2015

Illustration on Obama's political setback in the 2014 mid-term elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How this election is the Democrats' Waterloo

The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Published November 5, 2014

President Kennedy confers with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1962 during the buildup of tensions with the Soviet Union that became Cuban Missile Crisis. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The new missiles of October

In October 1962, America worried whether an untried young president, John F. Kennedy, could keep us safe from nuclear-tipped missiles from nearby communist Cuba. Published October 22, 2014

Hispanic Bumper Sticker Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The anachronism of ethnic identity politics

Once upon a time, the liberal position was to reject the old discriminatory branding of people by the color of their skins rather than by the content of their characters. Published October 15, 2014