International Affairs

The Revenge of the Revisionists

It is a measure of how quickly and completely the Cold War (to say nothing of its roots in 1945 or 1914) has dropped off the American radar screen that

Blaming Harry

The Svengalis at fault are those usually dubbed the “revisionist historians” of the Cold War. These are the folks, many of them protégés of the late Wisconsin historian William Appleman


It is impossible to make a morally and politically serious assessment of President Truman’s decision to use the atomic weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki without reviewing in some detail the

The Policy and the Options

All of this sheds important light on the question of whether the Allied demand for “unconditional surrender” helped prolong the war. The “unconditional surrender” policy is often presented by revisionists

In Remembrance of Things Past

To many millions of Americans—most particularly, veterans and their families—it remains a noble enterprise. As indeed it was, that necessary, dirty business of defeating Nazi totalitarianism and Japanese militarism. Nothing

Commentary on the Pope at the U.N.

John Paul II did more than offer a striking tour d’horizon of international life on the threshold of the third millennium when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly. He also

Human Rights and the United Nations

It has been muddled by the academicians, coarsened by the politicians, corrupted by the international sans-culotterie, and debased by dictators of various ideological hues. And yet for all that, the

The Socialist Left Meets the Lifestyle Left

“Ever has it been thus,” veteran U.N.-watchers may be thinking. But there does seem to be something new, or at least intensified. The Copenhagen Declaration’s commitment to “full gender equity

The End of the Conversation?

Meanwhile, as this truly striking example of “cultural imperialism” unfolds throughout the U.N. system, the idea of “universal and inalienable human rights” is under new attack, and precisely on grounds

What Really Happened at Cairo

Gargantuan international conferences replete with diplomats, “international civil servants,” various “nongovernmental organization” (NGO) representatives, and the world press have been a staple feature of world politics since the Second World

Five Years After the Revolution

History is not the inexorable working-out of impersonal biochemical, economic, or political forces. History is the actions, inactions, and interactions of men and women endowed with intelligence and free will,

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