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Victor Davis Hanson outdoes himself today in bringing a historical perspective (this time the perspective of recent history) to his assessment of the war: “The same old thing.” In the first half of the column Hanson demolishes what he calls “the new national mythology” regarding American foreign policy “uniliateralism.” In the second half he notes changes in the strategic calculus of decades past, part of which includes discussion of the Israeli security fence.
Hanson writes: “Thirty years ago, during the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, most of the Europeans of the NATO alliance refused over-flight rights to the United States. We had only hours in which to aid Israel from a multifaceted surprise attack and were desperately ferrying tons of supplies to save it from literal extinction. In contrast, many of these same allies allowed the Soviet Union


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