Paleos Must Defend the West…And That Means Israel Too

Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian, and leader
of the

Freedom Party
(PVV). He, and sixty percent of the
Dutch population
,
considers
mass immigration to be the worst mistake since the
Second World War.”
An equal percentage of Wilders`
countrymen see Islam as the number one threat to their
national identity. Wilders recently spoke in
Jerusalem
, which he called
“the
city of
David
. The city that,
together with Rome and Athens
, symbolizes our
ancient heritage”
.

Warned Wilders:

[I]f
we don`t fight the Islamization we will lose everything;
our cultural identity, our democracy, our rule of law,
our liberties, our freedom. We have the duty to defend
the ideas of
Rome
,
Athens and w:st="on">Jerusalem. The ancient
heritage of our forefathers is under attack; we have to
stand up and defend it.”
[
`We
have to win war against Islam
`
,
By Brenda Gazzar, Jerusalem Post, year="2008" w:st="on">December 15, 2008 (Full
text of speech
)]

Like Wilders, I`m from a

religious background
, but irreligious (he`s
Catholic; I`m Jewish). Like Wilders, I religiously
defend the West`s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Hellene and Hebrew: A systematic,
philosophical defense of the distinctly Western
character of w:st="on">America and
Europe

must incorporate both. Heck, one can`t appreciate the
greatest composer of all times—Bach—without
acknowledging the
contribution of his muse
—Christianity—to
the

glory of his music
. The self-anointed left-liberal,
American Jewish leadership has managed to cast Jews as a
mere faction among a multicultural mob, a position Jews
(being leftists) love. But as I see it, the proper
metaphor for the relationship between Judaism and
Christianity is that of proud parent and progeny.

A defense of the West against the
onslaught of Islam and

Third-World immigration
, the kind Wilders preaches
and practices, is incoherent absent a recognition that
this has been Israel`s battle from its inception; that
Israel is of the West; that in Israel—foibles and
frailties notwithstanding—the West has reclaimed a

small spot of sanity
in a sea of savagery, where
enlightened western law
prevails,
and where Christians and Jews and their holy places are
safe. (Muslims are

always secure
in western societies, Arab-Israelis
too.)

The fiery address this heroic
European rightist delivered in the Israeli capital got
me thinking about the difference between the American
and the European Old Right. Wilders is a hardcore man of
the latter faction, for whom—in the derisive description
of neoconservative Francis Fukuyama—”identity
remains rooted in blood, soil and ancient shared memory
.
It is this earthy instinct, I venture, that accounts for
the understanding the

European Right evinces
for
Israel
`s life-and-death
struggle.

Frenchman

Jean-Marie Le Pen
of the

National Front
gives the American media a
petit mal.
Yet, despite all his idiosyncrasies, he

identifies with Israel
. Even the late

Jörg Haider
of the

Alliance for the Future of Austria
, who
“exhibit[ed]
every sign of anti-Semitism”
Hugh
Fitzgerald`s estimation
, not mine—was …
“not quite so systematically vicious when it [came]
to the state of Israel.”

Vlaams Belang
of w:st="on">Belgium is
pro-Israel. Leader Filip Dewinter

told a Jewish magazine
:
“One has to
choose sides. Which side are you on in the `war on
terror,` “the side of western democracy and western
civilization, with its Judeo-Christian roots, or the
side of radical Islam?"

Most libertarian and conservative
American traditionalists, also referred to as
paleoconservatives and

paleolibertarians
, depart from their European
counterparts. Like exotic political marsupials, local
paleos have developed in geographic isolation and,
hence, in a self-referential and self-reverential vacuum.
While they have generally—and justly—supported western
interests in conflicts such as in the former

Yugoslavia
,

Chechnya
, and Cyprus, paleos make an exception of
Israel. In fact,

some
are more devoted to the Palestinian cause than
most left-liberals. (See

William S. Lind on AntiWar.com
; and Scott
McConnell in the American Conservative,


Divided & Conquered
,
[ month="7" day="3" year="2006" w:st="on">July 3, 2006]—I found this
particularly sinister and responded with


this analysis
.)

Expected is the Main Stream Media`s
tendency to blame all the ills of the backward and
benighted Palestinian Authority on w:st="on">Israel. By the MSM`s account, Israel is the reason
jobs are unavailable in that otherwise economically
viable anarcho-terrorist territory; why government
consists of competing terrorist gangs (rather than only
one), and why Palestinian civil society, such as it is,
canonizes killers. It`s all w:st="on">Israel`s fault!

Unexpected is the corresponding
paleo position: When it comes to
Israel
—and the plight
that
won`t shut up
, i.e., the
Palestinian
problem
—paleos, who`re usually poised to storm
the ramparts of a decaying media regime, agree with it.

To their great credit, paleos worry
about the preservation of ancient Christian communities,
which is why they did not join the jubilation Bill
Clinton`s attack on
Serbia

elicited. A Christian country,

Serbia
, as Patrick J. Buchanan has

observed
, was
“an ally in two world wars, and
[had]
never attacked us.”
For the same reason,

paleos booed Bush and his bastardized conservatives

as they celebrated Kosovo`s declaration of independence.
Bush doesn`t care about the fate that awaits Orthodox
Christian Serbs there, but paleos do.

Yes, neoconservatives are terribly
smug about w:st="on">America`s
multicultural achievements, and feel stupidly superior
to the Europeans, for
whom
American paleoconservatives have compassion and
camaraderie. Paleos are filled with foreboding as they
watch Europeans fight the

battle
that

Enoch Powell
foresaw. When the barbarians of the

banlieusard
rioted through France in November of
2005, one neoconservative troika—Mark
Steyn,


Jonah Goldberg
, Frederick Kempe—fingered
French racism and snobbery
in marginalizing its
Maghrebis. w:st="on">France, in this
unholy trinity`s assessment, fell short in offering its
Third Worlders
freebies and fraternité
.

Naturally, paleoconservatives
protested when neoconservatives sacrificed Iraqi
Christians to the false idol of democracy.

So why would they remain mum about
another dwindling, equally old Christian community—the
one being

ethnically cleansed
from the Palestinian Authority? 

 Nor
would American paleos ever think to

badger the Russian Bear
to withdraw from the
North Caucasus

and let
Chechnya

exercise full statehood, as the White House and w:st="on">Whitehall are wont to do. w:st="on">Chechnya, after
all, is another Sharia-law dominated anarcho-terrorist
society. It has been successfully transformed into an
Islamist terrorist training ground, complete with
court-ordered mutilations and public hangings. Not
unlike the Palestinian Authority,
Chechnya

has no economy to speak of, other than a thriving trade
in weapons, drugs, and stolen goods.

Both Russians and Israelis live adjacent to terrorist
entities—the Russians to
Chechnya
; the Israelis
to the Palestinian Authority. Russians must put up with
the likes of

Shamil Basayev
(a Chechen terrorist and advocate of
an Islamist state in the Northern
Caucasus
); Israelis have to contend with the

Dalai Lamas
of

Gaza
(Hamas). Yet in fawning, radical-left fashion,
American paleos excuse almost everything about the
savage Palestinian society, while sneering contempt

at the adjacent civilized society
. When some honesty
pierces the fog, and the facts on the Palestinian ground
are acknowledged, it is invariably to blame Israel: If
not for

the colonizing Jewish state
, a veritable economic
oasis and a culture of life would flourish where a black
hole now threatens to collapse upon itself.

Never did I imagine that the Bush
and Blair administrations could be more consistent than
my fellow paleos: The former, at least, hectored both
Russians and Israelis about granting statehood to their
nihilistic neighbors. Against the same insuperable odds,
paleos

expect Israel
, but not
Russia
, to trust
terrorists and their fan base to stop butchering
babies and embrace

Jeffersonian
democracy and a Bill of Rights.


Israel

is probably a slightly better object of paleo sympathies
than w:st="on">Russia—and I`m
not touting the
“tribe”
(for the

edification
of
Kevin
MacDonald
). For one, the Chechens have been fighting
for independence since the 15th century; whereas the
Palestinian liberation movement is a
contemporary—cynically calculating—project. For another, w:st="on">Russia is just now transitioning
into a fairer political dispensation; w:st="on">Israel has been a stable democracy
since its founding, and enjoys a free media and liberal
courts. Compared to w:st="on">Russia`s
terrorist-fighting tactics,
Israel
, warts and all,
is a paragon of restraint. In the two Chechen wars, the
Russian army killed tens of thousands of Chechen
civilians and displaced many more. Only

Cindy Sheehan
and

Justin Raimondo
believe
Israel

is guilty of the same.

My own position is, dare I say,
consistently right and rightist:
Assailed by savages, Russians, Europeans, and Israelis
have my support in the battle for the West.

Geert Wilders` position is
eminently consistent.
His conclusion: “We
come from Rome, w:st="on">Athens and w:st="on">Jerusalem. That makes our
civilization special, and certainly worth preserving”.

As I`ve said before,
Consistency
is the touchstone of truth
.”

If paleos of the conservative and
libertarian stripe are to be consistent in defending
what Wilders calls
who
we are and where we come from
, they will have
to include w:st="on">Israel in their
philosophical defense of the West.

Ilana
Mercer (email
her) is a

weekly columnist
for WorldNetDaily.com, a fellow at
the Jerusalem
Institute for Market Studies
.
and the author of Broad
Sides: One Woman`s Clash With a Corrupt Culture
,
the
Foreword
to which was written by
Peter
Brimelow
.
Her website is

www.ilanamercer.com
; her blog

www.barelyablog.com
Her
upcoming book is


Into the Cannibal`s Pot: Lessons For America From
Post-Apartheid South Africa.