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Paleos Must Defend the West…And That Means Israel Too
Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian, and leader
Freedom Party (PVV). He, and sixty percent of the
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
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
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
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
Jean-Marie Le Pen of the
National Front gives the American media a
Yet, despite all his idiosyncrasies, he
identifies with Israel. Even the late
Jörg Haider of the
Alliance for the Future of Austria, who
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."
Most libertarian and conservative
American traditionalists, also referred to as
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
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,
Expected is the Main Stream Media's
tendency to blame all the ills of the backward and
benighted Palestinian Authority on
Unexpected is the corresponding
paleo position: When it comes to
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
Yes, neoconservatives are terribly
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?
would American paleos ever think to
badger the Russian Bear to withdraw from the
Both Russians and Israelis live adjacent to terrorist
entities—the Russians to
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,
expect Israel, but not
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
His conclusion: "We
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
we are and where we come from", they will have
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.