Monday, January 23, 2006

The War Nerd vs V.D.H

The War Nerd has been quiet of late, but then I came across a review he wrote that was published last month.

The book reviewed is A War Like No Other, by the vile and discredited neo-con classical historian Victor Davis Hanson. Poor old Victor was well upset by the War Nerd's initial assualt upon him last year, and now he has to endure a full length review of his latest pretentious book.

Even I can see there is no comparison between the U.S invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the Peloponnesian War from 431 to 404 B.C. But here's the War Nerd on the subject:
Hanson is fairly clear on one thing: ancient Athens equals contemporary America. But even though he says this over and over, it never really makes sense. This is typical of Hanson’s work — the more often he says something, the more confusing and contradictory it becomes. He claims 9/11 was “our Peloponnesian War.” But it wasn’t: 9/11 didn’t trigger a lethal plague, didn’t kill a huge chunk of our population, didn’t cause the fall of our country, and didn’t involve naval war, sieges, pitched battle, or in fact any of the strategies of the Peloponnesian War. The only similarity I can see is that they were both bad scenes, man. Real bummers.

You need a lot of conceit to compare your country and culture to that of ancient Athens - Victor Davis Hansen has that conceit in spades. It's great to see this ridiculous man challenged and humiliated. Click here to read the entire review.


Blogger David Young said...

The War Nerd says that the First Gulf War was a great success.

It left Hussein in power, free to kill many many thousands of Kurds and Shiites who tried to overthrow him. It also led to a large-scale deployment of US troops to Saudia Arabia, which was the main casus belli of Al Qaeda - bringing us the attack on the Khobar Towers, the USS Cole, the two embassies of Kenya and Tanzania and finally the 9-11 attacks.

A sanctions programme was introduced to 'contain' Hussein, which no doubt led to the deaths of Iraqis (though I don't accept the half million figure that Albright failed to deny). Later came the oil-for-food programme, which Hussein was able to corrupt, with the long term intention of using proceeds to bribe UN officials to vote against sanctions. Following which, he would be free to pursue a WMD programme - something he'd retained the capacity to do, as the Duelfer report reminds us.

It takes real nerve to portray this as a success.


ps - written in a hurry, no time to check figures for the deaths inflicted by Saddam on the Kurds and the Shi-ites after the surrender. But I've heard BIG numbers mentioned.

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Blogger Marshall North said...

Are you familiar with The Occidental Quarterly? The following article, which I think would be of interest to you, was published in it a while back:

"The Case of Victor Davis Hanson: Farmer, Scholar, Warmonger", by F. Roger Devlin

Here's the 1st paragraph of the article:

"Victor Davis Hanson’s name has become known to millions of people since the attacks of September 11. Beginning the very day of those terrible events, he has poured forth a stream of commentary urging a tough response against…well, against somebody. At first it was bin Laden and al-Qaeda, of course. But as soon as the Bush administration announced that Iraq was a proper target for American retaliation, Hanson got on board. Since then he has briefed powerful men at the Pentagon, taught midshipmen in Annapolis, given lectures and interviews, all while maintaining a steady flow of “tough” journalism for National Review Online."

You can read the entire article here:

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