The Surrender Option:
Fight Israel's battles or we will brand you a coward.
The Cry of the Paleo/The Cry of the Parasite
Comments in blue and other exciting colors by
Mr. Derbyshire is also an NR contributing editor, a selfish Anglomaniac, and a proud
September 12, 2001 12:00 p.m.
If you are a reader of right-wing opinion websites, you will by now have heard the voice of
the Paleos, loud and strong, like Washington in his Farewell
This is a judgment on us for our interventionist foreign policy...
It is time to examine the U.S. relationship with Israel.
The lives of every Israeli is not worth one drop of American blood...
Who has reason to hate this country? Only a few hundred million people -- Arabs, Muslims,
Serbs, and numerous others whose countries have been hit by U.S. bombers...
Nobody is bombing Helsinki or Rome. Nobody is bombing Ottawa or Sydney...
On the day after Pearl Harbor, ex-President Herbert Hoover sat down and wrote to
friends: "You and I know that this continuous putting pins in rattlesnakes finally got this
country bitten." check
That last one is from Pat Buchanan, who will be on TV a lot these next few weeks, and whose
royalty statements (the bit of paper your publisher sends you twice a year to let you know
how much money your books have earned you) will be bringing great cheer to the Buchanan
household for a while to come unlike suckpoops like me who toady for
Israel out of the goodness of our hearts.
Now, I don't mind Paleos. I understand the appeal of their vision: A busy commercial
republic, minding her own business, with no troops stationed beyond her shores, the
champion of liberty in every land, but never its guarantor. Heck, I used to belong to a
Paleo e-mail list. I know all the arguments. (Pur-leeze don't send me reminders.)
The strongest one, so far as I am concerned, is the one that says you can't maintain
liberty as the Founders understood it when you are practicing Empire.
(Insert refutation here. Oops, don't have one.) You'll be hearing this a lot, too,
over the next few weeks because it's principled and makes
sense. In calling for their government to better protect them against these horrors,
many people won't much mind if, in order to do so, the government closes down some of our
liberties. Yes, yes, I know the arguments. I can't refute them either,
but they don't pay as well as Semitic sycophancy, so I dumped them.
I dropped off that Paleo list, after much thought about what deviating
from the Jewish line would mean to my career, because I just didn't share that vision
of small, infrequent paychecks. I say again, I see its appeal,
and I have a lot of sympathy for it as you can tell by my throwaway
words: I just don't share it. For one thing, it would be sort of dishonest, at a
personal level, for me to do so. If not for the U.S.A. having been willing to send troops
abroad to fight, I should not now be here writing this. If alive at all, I should be out
working in the fields under some Gauleiter f¸r Ostmittelengland
Miss Cleo told me. To a lot of us raised in the rest of the world, having America as
a remote, self-absorbed champion of theoretical liberty is all very well; but
what's in it for us non-Americans? we kind of like the
guarantor stuff, too. Like the
Jews who pay me, I don't give a damn about America's best interests, just mine, but you
don't expect me to admit that, do you? Sure, the United States is under no obligation
to pander to our preference, however gratifying she may find it: but there are some strong
practical reasons to favor American interventionism, too. Thank God.
I was afraid my case would have to stand on the firm pillar of Semitic-sycophantic
self-interest. Would the world have been a better, or a worse, place this past few
decades, if America had stood aloof from the world wars? Been back
to England lately? I mean, the part that's not a no-go zone for Whites? Would
America herself have been safer, more secure, more prosperous? Yes.
England too. It seems pretty plain to me not being an American
and not caring about her interests -- though certainly arguable (but again, please
don't post me the arguments, I've heard them all) -- that the answers are: "worse," and
"no." I don't care that most Americans wanted nothing to do with
intervention until the fathers of the Jews who pay me to hoodwink you angled them into the
World Wars. It's all about Derbyshire and his interests -- and those say take your tune
from the Jews paying you to play.
There were other things, less substantive things, that turned me off the Paleos.
They aren't cool wind-sniffers like me. For example, though
most of them are thoughtful and rational people, there is quite a high proportion of
lunatics among them, almost as high as the number of goy sycophants
among the neocons. (There is a certain proportion on any email list, of course; I
am just saying the Paleos have more than average for an intellectual discussion list.
Take my word for it.) And even setting aside the lunatics,
there was a sort of crabby, ill-mannered, claustrophobic atmosphere
instead of the expansive liberality with your blood and treasure in defense of Israel one
expects of a real American about the whole thing that started to grate on me after
a while. No, I'm not a Paleo. Republic or Empire? Empire, please.
Jews clap as I take my bow. Go collect the pennies, symian; the sycophant has
I understand, of course, that Americans at large, even those who have never even heard of
the Republic vs. Empire debate, are schizophrenic about the matter. Huge numbers of
Americans couldn't care less about the world beyond their shores. They want nothing to do
with it. They go to Florida for their vacations, or at the very furthest Hawaii. Passport?
Who needs it? I am talking about un-intellectual Americans -- decent, good-hearted,
Christian family-loving folk, who just can't see why the affairs of Albania or Zimbabwe are
any damn business of theirs, much less why they should send off their beloved children to
be killed in such places. I can't offer any arguments against them,
so I'll just imply they're stupid little people, not like cool sycophants like me who
hobnose yids rich and powerful -- daily! What is their opinion to mine? -- American worms,
Yet there are other Americans who understand, what I believe is true, that the Republic
option is, at bottom, an empty fantasy. I prefer the empty fantasy
that siding with six million racist murderers against 500 million Arabs is wise policy. If
you don't share my superstition you are ignorant, parochial and living in the clouds, as I
hope I've managed to condescendingly imply. Public opinion supported the Vietnam
War almost to the end of it; it was the elites and the intellectuals who turned against it,
not ordinary Americans. Public opinion was opposed to entering both
World Wars. Guess your Jew bosses don't want you mentioning that, eh? The one time they
agree with me, they're enlightened and wise. The five hundred times they don't they're
rubes and dreamers. People understand, I think, that however much Americans might
wish to leave the world alone, the world will not leave America alone.
How 'bout we try for six months before we draw that conclusion? If it doesn't work, we can
quickly resume shipping all our money and weapons to the guys paying your salary.
Great wealth and great success generate great envy and great hatred.
Almost as much as bombing around the clock, starving kids, and paying $100 billion to
arch-enemies. And America's high ideals, if clutched jealously to America's chest,
while those abroad who believe them like the apartheid-practicing
child-snipers Israel's famous for are hunted down and slaughtered without help, will
whither and die. George Washington spoke of avoiding foreign
entanglements, but the Jews paying my salary know better. Don't I make a good fetch-dog
for them? Are you buying my shtik (that's a new word they taught me). Idealism,
like terrorism, has -- can have -- no borders. We know that our way of life is far superior
to Islamic Fundamentalism, Chinese Communism, "Big Man" Kleptocracy,
screwing your wife through a sheet-hole, shooting children in the genitals and
Bureaucratic Welfarism (news flash, dude). Knowing that, the
urge to assist -- assist by some practical means -- those in other places who believe the
same thing bulldozing houses, genital-sniping, White slavery, apartheid,
financial swindling will sooner or later prove irresistible to a bold, fearless,
liberty-loving nation. (And if those adjectives no longer apply to this country, I have
made a major life error. I'll ignore that the paranoid Jewish racists
I work for are at the front of the effort to destroy the Constitutional freedoms they
dishonestly claim their homeland has in common with us.) American idealism cannot be
contained. White blood flows out, my paychecks roll in. How'm I
doing, Boss Goldbug?
To fall back on my own origins again, I come from a nation that actually did practice
Empire, very successfully, but eventually decided it was too much trouble and cost, and
gave up on it. Certain things followed, one by one. For example, we lost the ability to
defend ourselves. From WWI onwards, we were essentially a U.S. protectorate, and still are
today. For another, my country sank gradually into a mentality of fatalism and defeat
because it failed to produce enough sycophantic Jew-showroom salesmen
like me in which no vigorous action against our enemies became possible. To see what
I mean, look at Britain's response to Irish terrorism, about which I have written many
times in this space. Here I was banging away on NRO last
June, for example:
The fault for that tragedy [i.e. a fascist takeover of Ireland] will lie squarely with
politicians in London, Dublin and Washington, who for thirty years have refused to do what
the leaders of civilized nations must do when faced with terrorism in their own
jurisdictions: hunt it down and exterminate it, without pause or pity or quarter or
Why have those politicians refused to do that thing? Why are IRA terrorists, who have done
the foulest and most beastly things -- the kinds of things, though not on the kind of scale,
we saw on Tuesday -- walking around free in the streets of Belfast and Dublin, having been
let out of jail in return for a few vague and empty promises from those who give them their
orders? The fundamental reason is not hard to find. Britain, having forgotten its
responsibilities as an upholder of civilization, no longer cared to confront civilization's
enemies in the way they must be confronted. They put their trust instead in "peace
processes," in legalisms and trials, in panels of international do-gooders blathering on
about "human rights," in the State Department. They did not put their trust in the
thin-lipped, hard-faced, soft-talking men and women who do civilization's dirty work for
it. To fall back on Kipling again (I am sorry; but at times like these,
Kipling is indispensable), they made mock of the
uniforms that guard us while we sleep.
The option that the last few British governments have taken -- the Surrender Option
anyone who disagrees with me and the Jews I smithers for is a coward
-- is available to America, too. It may even be taken. I was dismayed to hear the
President speak about his instructions to find "those responsible" and "bring them to
justice." Mr. President, these are not traffic violations; these are acts of war. Justice
must go by the board hahahaha -- sure, everything goes by the boards
as long as Jews are protected -- that's what matters. Oh, that and my paycheck! for
a while, as it did when we firebombed German and Japanese cities, incinerating helpless
babies and old folk who wished us no harm. Where was the justice in that? Oh, and by the
way: "those responsible" are already dead. They killed themselves attacking your country,
and were proud and happy to do so. Some Americans -- I speak as the father of two Americans
-- will have to get killed attacking their countries. (Oh, yes, they have countries.) Some
of those Americans, likewise, will be proud and happy to do so, on behalf of the nation they
love. Dirty business, running an Empire. Dirty business, defending civilization against
barbarism. Barbaric business, sometimes -- there's a paradox to ponder... But don't
think you're the first to ponder it. It was a Roman who said oderint dum metuant,
and a Roman who rebuked him for saying it. Dirty business, dirty business. But then, there
is always the Surrender Option. Wash your mouth out, you polluted
old sycophant. You're no more American nor fit to address them than the yids you suckpoop