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
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
city of
. The city that,
together with Rome and Athens
, symbolizes our
ancient heritage”

Warned Wilders:

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
Athens and Jerusalem. The ancient
heritage of our forefathers is under attack; we have to
stand up and defend it.”
have to win war against Islam
By Brenda Gazzar, Jerusalem Post, 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 America and
must incorporate both. Heck, one can`t appreciate the
greatest composer of all times—Bach—without
acknowledging the
contribution of his muse

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
and where Christians and Jews and their holy places are
safe. (Muslims are

always secure
in western societies, Arab-Israelis

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
Israel`s life-and-death


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

Vlaams Belang
of 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

, 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


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

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

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

Divided & Conquered
[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 <st1:country-region
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 Israel`s fault!

Unexpected is the corresponding
paleo position: When it comes to
Israel—and the plight
won`t shut up
, i.e., the
—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
elicited. A Christian country,

, as Patrick J. Buchanan has

, was
“an ally in two world wars, and
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 America`s
multicultural achievements, and feel stupidly superior
to the Europeans, for
American paleoconservatives have compassion and
camaraderie. Paleos are filled with foreboding as they
watch Europeans fight the


Enoch Powell
foresaw. When the barbarians of the

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

Jonah Goldberg
, Frederick Kempe—fingered
French racism and snobbery
in marginalizing its
Maghrebis. 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?

would American paleos ever think to

badger the Russian Bear
to withdraw from the
North Caucasus
and let
exercise full statehood, as the White House and  Whitehall are wont to do.  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,
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

(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,

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

democracy and a Bill of Rights.

is probably a slightly better object of paleo sympathies
than <st1:country-region
w:st=”on”>Russia—and I`m
not touting the
(for the

). 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, <st1:place
w:st=”on”>Russia is just now transitioning
into a fairer political dispensation; <st1:place
w:st=”on”>Israel has been a stable democracy
since its founding, and enjoys a free media and liberal
courts. Compared to <st1:country-region
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

Justin Raimondo
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, <st1:city
w:st=”on”>Athens and <st1:city
w:st=”on”>Jerusalem. That makes our
civilization special, and certainly worth preserving”.

As I`ve said before,
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
to include <st1:country-region
w:st=”on”>Israel in their
philosophical defense of the West.

Mercer (email
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weekly columnist
for, a fellow at
the Jerusalem
Institute for Market Studies
and the author of Broad
Sides: One Woman`s Clash With a Corrupt Culture
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