In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 1, 2004 /12 Sivan, 5764

It's time to ask Dr. Difference

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Printer Friendly Version

Email this article

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Once again we turn the column over to Dr. Sam Difference, an expert on teasing out careful distinctions between seemingly identical phenomena. It was Dr. Difference, for example, who first explained how to tell the Olsen twins apart, although he could not explain why anyone would want to. He is a member of the AMA and the ABA, prefers DVD to VCR, and contributes to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Dear Dr. Difference,

What’s the difference between U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC), who described the war in Iraq as “President Bush’s policy to secure Israel,” and the Internet loonies who have been saying the same thing?

Not a heck of a lot. Hollings’ comments came in an op-ed in a Charleston newspaper. He wrote that the administration is in thrall to “a domino school of thought that the way to guarantee Israel’s security is to spread democracy in the area.” He described the masterminds of this theory as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Charles Krauthammer — Jewish neocons all. The real motivation for the war, Hollings suggested, was Bush’s feeling that “spreading democracy in the Mideast to secure Israel would take the Jewish vote from the Democrats.”

Wow. Forget all the right-wing stuff about weapons of mass destruction or winning the war on terror, or the left-wing allegations about blood for oil and making work for Halliburton. No, Mr. Hollings seems to think that the president is willing to spend $150 billion on this ill-fated war in Iraq to buy Jewish votes. (That’s about $37,500 per Jewish voter.) Dead soldiers, shredded credibility, worldwide condemnation? According to this theory, that’s a small price to pay for a victory in the swing states.

Donate to JWR

Reality check: It’s clear that many of the neoconservatives are deeply concerned about the welfare of the state of Israel. Wolfowitz, Perle, William Kristol, John Podhoretz — the whole bunch no doubt see a remade Middle East as good for Israel, the only democracy in the region and a staunch ally of the United States. But is the spread of democracy in the Arab world good only for Israel? Was it only Jerusalem that benefited from the demise of Saddam? Is thwarting Islamist terror a Jewish issue? Hollings’ thesis suggests no other factor — not the threat of another 9/11, not the chance to finish what Bush’s father started in 1991, not the effort to contain other Arab dictators — weighed as heavily in the president’s plans as the goal of “securing” Israel.

That’s not to say that the war will achieve its goals. But that makes Wolfowitz, et al., misguided, not disloyal.

But Dr. Difference, what’s the difference between saying that Jewish neocons are deeply concerned about Israel and charging them with dual loyalty?

Disloyalty means putting the interests of a foreign country ahead of the interests of your own. Just because you can prove that an individual has an attachment toward another country based on ethnicity, philosophy, or religion — say, a Catholic toward the Vatican, a Buddhist toward Tibet, a Jew toward Israel — does not constitute proof that they are willing to sell the United States down the river.

Conspiracy theorists love to point to the fact that Perle — along with other neocons including Douglas Feith, currently the assistant secretary of defense for policy — coauthored a 1996 study for a think-tank associated with Benjamin Netanyahu that called for “removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.” Clearly one of the goals of the paper was to explain how Saddam’s demise benefited Israel. But the same neocons also write for other audiences, on other topics, in terms consistent with what they call “democratization” (and their opponents call “imperialism”). As Max Boot put it this year in an article in Foreign Policy that punctured the dual-loyalty myth, neocons were “the leading proponents of democratization in places as disparate as Nicaragua, Poland, and South Korea” and were “ardent champions of interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo — missions designed to rescue Muslims, not Jews.”

So what’s the difference between Hollings and an anti-Semite?

No one can read Hollings’ heart, so let’s go easy on calling him anti-Semitic. But Sen. John Kerry had it right in his May 21 statement on the Hollings column: “Comments such as these lend credence to unacceptable and baseless anti-Semitic stereotypes that have no place in America or anywhere else.”

Listen, it’s not necessarily anti-Semitic to point out the close ties between figures like Feith or Perle and the Likud Party — any more than it was anti-WASP (or anti-Muslim) to criticize the “Arabists” who were said to dominate America’s diplomatic corps in the 1960s and ’70s. But when you attach a fact like that to the usual canards aimed at Jews — undue influence in seats of power, secret motivations in political and economic life, “tribal” obeisance over loyalty to king and country — then you’re dangerously close to anti-Semitism.

Is there a difference between Hollings’ saying we went to war for Israel’s sake and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah’s statement that “Zionists” are to blame for recent terrorist attacks in the kingdom?

You betcha: The former is the Democrats’ problem, and the latter is the Republicans’. The National Jewish Democratic Council anguished before issuing a condemnation of Hollings, probably preferring not to draw attention to the column at a time when the Republicans are making traction with the claim that Bush is the “best friend Israel ever had.” Bush, meanwhile, has been praising the Saudis for their cooperation in the war on terror, while his critics say he’s turning a blind eye to the royals’ terrorist financing and tolerance for Islamist religious extremism.

Tolerance for Islamist extremism? Sounds like a Zionist plot.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in Washington and in the media consider "must reading." Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Andrew Silow-Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of New Jersey Jewish News. Send your comments to him by clicking here.

© 2003, New Jersey Jewish News