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VDH on “The Divide”

Monday, December 4, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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On Friday, Victor Davis Hanson wrote an important piece for NationalReviewOnline –reprinted at his own web site– which assessed and categorized the two prevailing views in America on the war.  The creeping appeasement of the majority view concludes that the global war on terror “is insidiously winding down to a police matter,” and further asserts that the “[b]illions spent in lives and treasure in Iraq did not make us any safer; the passing of time, the dissipation of passions, and increased vigilance did.”

“If there ever were need for strong military action and invasion,”  The “Majority Opinion” asserts, “that time is clearly past, at least for now.”

VDH goes on to chart the “Minority Dissent.”  Here are the key graphs describing its core convictions:

We really are in a global war. Its dimensions are hard to conceptualize since our enemies, while aided and abetted by sympathetic Middle Eastern dictatorships, claim no national affinity. Indeed, the terrorists deliberately mask the role of their patrons. The latter, given understandable fears of the overwhelming conventional power of the United States military, deny culpability.

In an age of globalization and miniaturized weapons of mass destruction, it is even more difficult to convince Western publics that they may well face peril from state-sponsored terrorists every bit as great as what the Wehrmacht, Imperial Japan, or the Red Army once posed.

While there are regional theaters of conflict predicated on local grievances

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