Second World War (WWII)

Between Two Cold Wars: Soviet Russia, Red China, and the Necessity for American Discernment
Between Two Cold Wars: Soviet Russia, Red China, and the Necessity for American Discernment

Soviet Russia demonstrated enormously greater fighting ability than has Red China, and yet even that temporarily invincible totalitarian regime is no more.

Just War is Not a Foreign Policy
Just War is Not a Foreign Policy

Just war thinking is moral analysis of military action, not a framework for foreign policy. Acknowledging these limitations helps us to become better just war casuists, and it highlights the need for values-driven strategic thinking in the foreign policy sphere.

In Luxembourg, a Uniquely American Tribute

We would all do well to remember the story of Private George Mergenthaler and to honor his legacy by rediscovering this sense of duty and pride.

Look to Ebenezer: Historical Hope as Advent Turns into Christmas
Look to Ebenezer: Historical Hope as Advent Ends and Christmas Begins

This remembrance helps develop a confident, enduring Christian hope that is more than wishful thinking and leads to real-world action.

Christmas 80 Years Ago & Today

The struggle for that free and decent world never ends this side of the parousia.

Moby Dick was Framed!
Moby Dick was Framed!

One of the most stunning revelations of “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick was the witness reports of the sperm whale’s attack on the Essex, which is assumed to have inspired the book Moby Dick.

Neither World War II nor Vietnam: 9/11 and the New Paradigms of War
Neither World War II nor Vietnam: 9/11 and the New Paradigms of War

In her 2003 book Just War Against Terror, Jean Bethke Elshtain argued for a new paradigm for a just war: the fight against global terrorism, particularly terrorism perpetrated by followers of militant Islam. Twenty years after 9/11, this claim is due for revisiting.

For All Mankind

“We build and we defend a way of life, not for ourselves alone, but for all mankind.” That is the…

Biden and the Surrender of Victory in Afghanistan
Biden and the Surrender of Victory in Afghanistan

What would President Roosevelt say of President Joe Biden and his Democratic administration abandoning the Afghan people? Perhaps Biden, and many in the West, have turned away from winning because they have lost a sense that victory, even an unsatisfying partial victory, is politically and morally viable.