Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…brilliantly

Thank you to Peter Barry Chowka at American Thinker for bringing this interview to my attention — the video is below, and it’s Hanson’s close that was the highlight for me:

INGRAHAM: Victor, we talk about this a lot. We are almost out of time.  But universities spend an enormous amount of time, students’ time and energy and tuition dollars, tearing down western civilization. It wasn’t so great, the music wasn’t so great, architecture, history riddled with racism and classism and all these other things.

So all day long on colleges, we hear western civilization, bad. Then people cry when they see this spire collapse in the flames that can never be rebuilt as it was built. We don’t have the wood. We don’t have the artisans. It can be rebuilt, but it will never be what it was. But they spent all day trashing western civilization, and now people are rightly mourning it. But it’s an imbalance. Final thoughts, real quick.

HANSON: Because they feel something. They feel there is a spiritual loss, there’s a cultural loss. But they are too timid or cowardly to articulate it, because to articulate it would not be politically correct. But it’s such beauty that transcends things. They can feel it. They just don’t want to admit they feel it.

INGRAHAM: They don’t want to admit the God thing. Victor, thank you so much. Great to see you, as always.


Here is the opening of Peter Barry Chowka’s post at American Thinker:

Victor Davis Hanson is a well known conservative historian, academic, and author. He contributes commentaries prolifically on the current political scene to a variety of publications. He is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel.  When Dr. Hanson speaks, I listen.

On Fox News’s The Ingraham Angle on Tuesday, April 16, Hanson appeared live from his home in California for a three-minute Q and A on the burning of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. When a transcript of the program appeared online on Wednesday, I read his comments, which were as impressive as when I first heard them.

Read more: American Thinker