Ron Paul Opposes Belarus “Regime Change” Bill




Ron Paul’s Statement on H.R. 515, the Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2011

Ron Paul: Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the “Belarus Democracy Act” reauthorization. This title of this bill would have amused George Orwell, as it is in fact a US regime-change bill. Where does the United States Congress derive the moral or legal authority to determine which political parties or organizations in Belarus — or anywhere else — are to be US-funded and which are to be destabilized? How can anyone argue that US support for regime-change in Belarus is somehow “promoting democracy”? We pick the parties who are to be supported and funded and somehow this is supposed to reflect the will of the Belarusian people? How would Americans feel if the tables were turned and a powerful foreign country demanded that only a political party it selected and funded could legitimately reflect the will of the American people?

I would like to know how many millions of taxpayer dollars the US government has wasted trying to overthrow the government in Belarus. I would like to know how much money has been squandered by US government-funded front organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, Freedom House, and others meddling like the old Soviet Union in the internal politics of a country that has neither threatened nor attacked the United States. It the arrogance of our foreign policy establishment that leads to this kind of schizophrenic legislation, where we demand that the rest of the world bend to the will of US foreign policy and we call it “democracy.” We wonder why we are no longer loved and admired overseas.

Finally, I strongly object to the sanctions that this legislation imposes on Belarus. We must keep in mind that sanctions and blockades of foreign countries are considered acts of war. Do we need to continue war-like actions against yet another country? Can we afford it?

I wish to emphasize that I take this position not because I am in support of the regime in Belarus, or anywhere else. I take this position because it is dangerous folly to be the nation that arrogates to itself the right to determine the leadership of the rest of the world. As we teeter closer to bankruptcy, it should be more obvious that we need to change our foreign policy to one of constructive engagement rather than hostile interventionism. And though it scarcely should need to be said, I must remind my colleagues today that we are the U.S. House of Representatives, and not some sort of world congress. We have no constitutional authority to intervene in the wholly domestic affairs of Belarus or any other sovereign nation.



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  1. Joseph McLaughlin

    The USA not Belarus need 'Regime Change'. The sanctions need to be dropped against Belarus. If a couple thousand people rushed white house and smashed windows what would happen? It may happen in the future because USA is a farce! Lukashenko did a good job keeping peace.

    1.0. This is what we are up against.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44JogWBVFoY&feature=related

    2.0. The U.S. Government With HAARP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0Lpjmyc6bM&NR=1

    3.0. Operation Northwoods
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
    Operation Northwoods was a series of false-flag proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or other operatives, to commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of Operation Northwoods was to "develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington."
    Operation Northwoods proposals included hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. It stated:
    "The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere."
    Several other proposals were included within Operation Northwoods, including real or simulated actions against various U.S. military and civilian targets. The plan was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer and sent to the Secretary of Defense. Although part of the U.S. government's Cuban Project anti-communist initiative, Operation Northwoods was never officially accepted and the proposals included in the plan were never executed.
    James Bamford summarizes Northwoods as follows:
    Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.

    3.1. Operation Northwoods Exposed
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp3P2wDKQK4&feature=related

    3.2. Bush Caught Lying About September 11th
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm73wOuPL60&feature=related

    3.3. 9/11 Bombs Were Planted In The Buildings
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n-nT-luFIw&feature=related

    3.4. Bush talks about EXPLOSIVES in WTC building on 9/11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USnxe7hxP4I&feature=related

    3.5. What really hit on 9/11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-jzNfxKSio&feature=related

    3.6. Mysterious Deaths of 9/11 Witnesses
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvay28lZiHU&feature=fvwrel

    4.0. Congress kept away from Rex 84 FEMA camp Martial Law plan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_gD25lwjAk

    4.1. Rex 84
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_84
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a "scenario and drill", developed by the United States federal government to suspend the United States Constitution, declare martial law, place military commanders in charge of state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens who are deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declares a "State of Domestic National Emergency". The plan allegedly states that events that might cause such a declaration would be widespread U.S. opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America To combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels.

    4.2. LOCK UP AMERICANS IN PRISION CAMPS/MARTIAL LAW
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq3KPB064Aw&feature=related

    5.0. Global Small Arms Treaty threatens the right to self defense
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/27/the-un-gun-grabber/

    5.1. Investigation: US ATF Secretly Arming Mexican Drug Cartels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntp4iv_s0dY

    5.2. Feds let Guns walk - Mexico Drug Cartels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2-yJU0e2E

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