Thursday, March 03, 2005

HANSON DEBATES

Here's the "local" reporting on a debate between Victor Davis Hanson and a Dartmouth history professor. I liked this next to last paragraph:

At a question-and-answer session at the end of the debate, this view of human nature was the subject of much disdain by many members of the audience. One fellow questioned whether “you and Homer and Thucydides two-thousand years ago” were cut out for modernity. Another asked Hanson when the war in Iraq would come to end—“when will we reap the benefits of preemptive war?”—and wondered whether “Pericles would have any advice for defeating suicide bombers in an urban environment.” Actually, Hanson retorted, the juxtaposition was poorly-chosen, as Peloponnesian War lasted for “twenty-seven and a half years.”

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