Thursday, September 22, 2005
Historian Victor Davis Hanson says the Arab world must realize Islam and freedom can coexist.
Scholar-author Victor Davis Hanson says the Arab world is learning the hard way that Islam and freedom need not be mutually exclusive.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, Victor Davis Hanson has emerged from the relative obscurity of his academic post at Fresno State University to become something akin to America’s “historian in chief.” Spurred by a legion of eager editors, Hanson has translated his expertise in classical military history to the war on terror. The result: some 300 essays – and counting – and an army of devotees. He notes with pride that his supporter base includes many U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; he receives numerous e-mails every week from military personnel fighting in the war against terrorism.
Hanson’s primary platform for explaining this first war of the 21st century has been a decidedly modern mode of communication: the Internet. His weekly commentaries have poured forth from the Web-based daily version of National Review, a leading voice of the modern conservative movement. But Hanson reminds those who dismiss him as a Republican shill that he’s a registered Democrat. Underscoring the broad appeal of Hanson’s perspective, his essays on war have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The American Legion Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and City Journal.