Exit Strategies

"Alliance" Addendum

Via email, a friend has criticized my recent piece for the fact that it “sounds like the status quo refurbished for the purpose of ‘Western survival,’ especially when Russia is already practically aligned with Iran (and Turkey).” The criticism hits the mark in that I omit the pressing matters of foreign policy. If the far Right and Israeli nationalists were to come to some kind of understanding, would we then stand by if Israel attacked Iran, knowing that such an action might set off a global conflict, involve Russia, and generally be a negative-sum game for all around?

I would be interested to hear whether AltRight readers and contributors think Israeli nationalists or their slobbering devotees in the conservative movement are more eager to bomb Iran. My sense is that John Bolton & Co. are significantly crazier than those making policy in Jerusalem, for the simple reason that if Israel really wanted to attack Iran, it has already had ample opportunity to do so, and hasn’t. (Sadly, over the next year, I’m afraid we’re going to find out just how lunatic Washington and/or Jerusalem really is/are.) The fact remains that the primary enemy of the real Right in Europe and North America is Washington, DC, and the American financial-political-media establishment; it’s not Israel.

A second point. Part of me regrets using “alliance” in the title and “coalition” elsewhere in the piece, for this has led a number of commenters to misunderstand my main thesis. Just for the record, I do not believe that American and Israel’s interests are identical (as do so many neocons and movement conservatives.) Nor am I, Bill Buckley-like, inviting all sorts of Israel Firsters to come masquerade as “American conservatives.” (Moreover, Jews in America who make up a large component of the power elite will, no doubt, view the real Right as a threat.) What I am arguing is that Israel nationalists’ and the Alt Right’s interests are compatible, and that we need not be enemies. (“Working relationship” and “mutual understanding” might be better terms than “alliance” and “coalition.”)