Sunday, October 4, 2009

Those Who Ignore History are Doomed to Repeat It

As a historian and classicist, Victor Davis Hanson has a unique perspective on world events and foreign policy. In his article The Past Is Not Quite Past, he leads off with this:
We can learn a lot about our present dilemmas through looking at the past. This month I’m teaching an intensive class on World War II, and again reminded how history is never really history. One lesson: do not judge past decisions by present considerations or post facto wisdom from a Western point of view, but understand them given the knowledge and thinking of the times from an enemy perspective. (more...)
... and concludes with a scathing analysis of Barack Obama's foreign policy. I am not gloating about Barack Obama's poor decisions; I am very worried about them. I hope he learns fast. Faster than the thugocracies around the world who are lining up to take advantage of his naive attitudes.

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