Sonntag, 13. Juni 2010

Modern Classics in War and Warfare - II

Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most prominent American military historians of our times, he has written more than a dozen books in this noble occupation and contributed to the understanding of war and warfare like only few others have. This is all the more outstanding since Hanson is a classicist and came to study war only by coincidence. He draws huge lines in history, frequently comparing the many struggles of ancient Athens with the United States fighting the war on terror. In an earlier, equally fascinating book ("An Autumn of War"), he argued that not fighting Iraq's dictator in 2003 would have been tantamount to refusing to fight Hitler once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Clearly being one of the staunchest supporters of the Bush-administration's foreign policy, he reminds us in his most recent book "The Father of Us All" that the most serious threat to the United States does not emanate from foreign powers. Arguing that ultimately it is the American ingenuity that enables the United States to prevail in wars, he warns that it is the retreat from liberalism that would undermine U.S. supremacy in the world the most, that giving in to religious demands on curtailing research and development would be a bigger threat than an aggressive North Korean posture or an amassed Middle East army. Needless to say, he is right, when ultimately concluding:
"Innovative military technology, then, is not so much a catalyst of change as much as a symptom of a dynamic military that understands that new weapons still operate within the eternal laws of conflict."

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