Israel & Palestine | The Politics of War | Victor Davis Hanson
John is joined by military historian Victor Davis Hanson to discuss the escalating conflict in the Middle East. This conversation was recorded on Wednesday the 18th of October. Hanson argues that Israel is in a unique position to retaliate unencumbered by American opposition, due to the bi-partisan support it currently has in the US. However, he contends that conflicts like this, and others such as the war in Ukraine, would probably not have transpired had President Trump still been at the helm. Victor Davis Hanson is an American classicist, military historian, columnist, and farmer. He has been a commentator on contemporary politics for the National Review and The Washington Times and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In addition to writing hundreds of articles, book reviews and newspaper editorials, Hanson is also the author of twenty-four books and hosts a regular podcast series, ‘The Victor Davis Hanson Show’. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a presidential appointee in 2007-08 on the American Battle Monuments Commission. His latest book, The Dying Citizen, was published in October 2021. ————————————————————————————————————–
00:00 Intro 00:52 Introducing Victor Davis Hanson 01:21 Why did Hamas attack now? 05:00 Will this galvanise the world? 08:29 Does America still have the necessary willpower? 11:45 Israel’s military capacity 16:14 The lack of moral clarity in the West 22:32 Will this unite the US and the rest of the world? 28:38 Is America still the strongest power? 34:00 How pervasive is anti-Semitism in the media? 42:54 The dying citizen 44:35 “The Voice to Parliament”, Israel, and the rise of middle America/Australia 50:16 Who can capture middle America? Can you have Trump without Trump? 59:00 The Hoover Institute united over Israel 1:02:40 The importance of courage 1:04:07 The world would be a more dangerous place without Israel 1:08:04 The problem with universities ————————————————————————————————————–
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