The Christian Science Monitor has a primer. I took the interactive Are you a neocon? quiz and it thinks I’m a Realist. In general, I’d agree with that. Except I also believe that ethics do have a place in policy decisions.
I was a little disturbed that the CSM felt it necessary to point out which neocons are Jews. What’s that all about?, I asked myself. Did they point out which members were Christians or Buddhists or atheists or agnostic? I came up with three possibilities:
1. Jews = suspicious. If so, why is that? Anti-Semitism? In a Boston paper?
2. Being a little too ‘Jewish’ in extraction, the neocon movement is little more than an American shill for the Likud at worst, or a little too pro-Israel at best. They’re definitely pro-Israeli from what I can see. I haven’t seen any evidence they’re necessarily anti-Arab or anti-Muslim. Anti-fascist, yes.
3. Being that the paper is entitled, after all, The Christian Science Monitor, they believe a person’s religious beliefs are inextricably tied to their political views and/or world view. There’s probably some truth in that. But again, why only mention which members are Jews?
I emailed the CSM those questions. I’ll let you know if I receive a response.
* In the interest of full disclosure, I was baptized Catholic. However, I am also a member of the AEI. Does that mean my soul is damned for eternity, or that I will simply spend time in Purgatory?