The estimable Victor Davis Hanson has a dream. It starts thusly:
“I recently had a dream that British marines fought back, like their forefathers of old, against criminals and pirates. When taken captive, they proved defiant in their silence. When released, they talked to the tabloids with restraint and dignity, and accepted no recompense.
“I dreamed that a kindred German government, which best knew the wages of appeasement, cut-off all trade credits to the outlaw Iranian mullahs — even as the European Union joined the Americans in refusing commerce with this Holocaust-denying, anti-Semitic, and thuggish regime.
“NATO countries would then warn Iran that their next unprovoked attack on a vessel of a member nation would incite the entire alliance against them in a response that truly would be of a ‘disproportionate’ nature….”
Read more of Hanson’s brilliant yet tragic essay in the April 13, 2007 edition of National Review On-Line, “The Post-west: A civilization that has become just a dream.”