Friday, May 16, 2003

REMEMBER THE FALKLANDS? CAN WE LEARN FROM WHAT HAPPENED THERE IN 1982?

A fleeting memory for some of us. Not me, thankfully, but only because I spent (in total) a couple of months in Argentina during 1995-97. And I can tell you that the Falklands (still called Las Malvinas in Buenos Aires) are a sore memory for Argentines.

Anyway, Victor Davis Hanson yet again reaches back into history to demonstrate that those who ignore it do so at their own peril.

His column today on NRO is no exception.

PS I'm slogging through his book Carnage and Culture. For those who enjoy history, especially military history, especially drawing straight lines from event to event in history which show repeating patterns, it's a spectacular compendium. Nine battles over the past 2,500 years, strung together, demonstrate Hanson's thesis that success in warfare has far more to do with the freedoms of the individual soldier than the size of the army.


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