Ron Paul on 9/11: Ask the Right Questions and Face the Truth




by Ron Paul

Ten years ago shocking and horrific acts of terrorism were carried out on US soil, taking over 3,000 innocent American lives. Without a doubt, this action demanded retaliation and retribution. However, much has been done in the name of protecting the American people from terrorism that has reduced our prosperity and liberty and even made us less safe. This is ironic and sad, considering that the oft-repeated line concerning the reasoning behind the attacks is that they hate us for who we are – a free, prosperous people – and that we must not under any circumstances allow the terrorists to win.

Though it is hard for many to believe, honest studies show that the real motivation behind the September 11 attacks and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism is not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life. Neither is it our religion, or our wealth. Rather, it is primarily occupation. If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases and armed soldiers present in our hometowns, you might begin to understand why foreign occupation upsets people so much. Robert Pape has extensively researched this issue and goes in depth in his book “Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It”. In fact, of 2,200 incidents of suicide attacks he has studied worldwide since 1980, 95% were in response to foreign occupation.

Pape notes that before our invasion of Iraq, only about 10% of suicide terrorism was aimed at Americans or American interests. Since, then however, not only is suicide terrorism greatly on the rise, but 91% of it is now directed at us.

Yes, the attacks of 9/11 deserved a response. But the manner in which we responded has allowed radicals in the Muslim world to advance a very threatening narrative about us and our motivation in occupying their lands. Osama bin Laden referred to us as “crusaders” with a religious agenda to convert Muslims, westernize their culture and take control of their resources. If we had targeted our response to only the thugs and criminals who attacked us, and refrained from invading countries that had nothing to do with it, this characterization would seem less plausible to the desperate and displaced. Blaming Islam alone is grossly misleading.

Instead, we chose a course of action that led to the further loss of 8,000 American lives, left 40,000 wounded and has hundreds of thousands seeking help at the Veterans Administration. We are three to four trillion dollars poorer. Our military is spread dangerously thin around the globe, at the expense of protection here at home. Not only that, but we have allowed our freedoms to be greatly threatened and undermined from within. The Patriot Act, warrantless searches and wiretapping, abuse of habeus corpus, useless and humiliating searches at airports are just a few examples of how we’ve allowed the terrorists to “win” by making our country less free.

Suicide terrorism did not exist in Iraq before we got there. Now it does. There are no known instances of Iranians committing suicide terrorism. If we invade and occupy Iran, expect that to change, too.

Sometimes it can be very uncomfortable to ask the right questions and face the truth. When a slick politician comes along and gives a much more soothing, self-congratulating version of events, it is very tempting to simply believe what we would like to hear. But listening to lies does not make us safer, even though it might make us feel better about ourselves.

The truth is that ending these misguided wars and occupations will make us safer, more prosperous and more free.

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  1. XxModernDayRaiderxX

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  2. 9/11 was an inside job

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  3. Ron Paul 2012! .. from Canada lol

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  4. Thank God, we have at least one honest American politician who believes in the reasoning. I knew there are many more such innocent Americans amongst us - but LOL - how many such politicians we have other than Ron Paul. Absolutely ZERO. Kudos to RP for stating it.
    We have become an Occupiers in many eyes of Middle East and other Muslim world. By killing Osama, Saddam and many other terrorists, we think this world would be peaceful. How wrong are we - since 1991, we have many more enemies than friends. We created those dictators like Saddam, Husnie Mubarak, Gaddhafi, Saudis, King of Jordon and many more and allowed to be dictators only realizing now how wrong we were? Yet we do not talk about Saudi and Jordon Govts....LOL...During this time we blindly supported Israel (nothing wrong with that) but Palestine was never created even to this day.
    Show me one act from these terrorists prior to 1990s. Our foreign policies are laughable and we are the dictators in their eyes.

    So now we have created many more enemies than even thought about, now we give up our freedom as well when we travel, send money, go to bank and deposit large amounts. We have made ourselves - Guilty until proven otherwise. No doubt in my mind that American Arab lady was arrested for no fault of hers on 9/11 this week when she flew from Denver to Detroit. I can go on and on.....basically we just lost all our freedom and civil rights.

    Ron Paul - I am 110% with you on this matter.

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  5. From Germany VOTE RON PAUL the honest politician i have ever seen in my LIFE

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  6. From Ireland, please vote Ron Paul. He tells the turht and the only candidate telling the truth and wants justice. He is a saint!!!

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  12. Im glad Ron Paul brought this to light. It is truly heart breaking to know how many young Americans have valiantly and selflessly given their lives in vain for false and corrupt cause. To the people who died on 9/11 and the men and woman who have given there lives, may you all rest in peace.

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  13. You are right on about the causes of 9/11 and many of the suicide bombers. Stick to your guns! Try to keep educating us....

    I am a Democrat.

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  14. t's not enough to say "Vote Ron Paul"

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  15. My internet connection is good, im online and yet it says the "like" function is not available right now! What the fuck Youtube, this Chinese style censorship has got to go, You are aware that very soon you will lose a huge lawsuit on account of this! I promise if you do not stop, you will end up broke and homeless in the gutters!

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  16. Just keep your history facts with you and when you run into anyone with the ridiculous notion that they hate us and attacked us for our "freedoms and prosperity." This is what I say: We need to stop this ignorance that radical Muslims hate Americans, because of their freedoms and liberties. ALL THESE EVENTS TOOK PLACE BEFORE RADICAL MUSLIMS STARTED ATTACKING AMERICANS:

    1941, the middle east becomes a cold war hot zone and the predominate Muslim people begin feeling the effects of foreign influence. 1941, Truman solidified US relations with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, as he takes power in Iran. 1947, Truman, an American President, accepted the United Nations partition plan of Palestine, granting 57 percent of the land to Israel and 43 percent to Palestine. 1953, Eisenhower ordered the CIA to depose Mohammed Mossadegh, the popular, elected leader of the Iranian parliament.

    1958, Egyptian nationalist forces roiled the Middle East and threatened to topple Lebanon’s Christian-led government, Eisenhower ordered the first landing of U.S. troops in Beirut to protect the regime (there is a lot more to this story and I encourage you to look it up to get the full story). Google “The Six Day War” as it’s complicated, but basically it boils down to us backing Israel in a preemptive strike against Egypt, Jordan and Syria; the Soviet Union backing the later. 1973, Kissinger gets Israel, Egypt and Syria to sign a disengagement agreement, NOT A PEACE AGREEMENT and this agreement left the Palestinian situation untouched.

    1978, the Iranian revolution begins with widespread demonstrations agains Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (remember him?). The revolution ends with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi being overthrown and replaced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic (these are the radicals everyone talks about). On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian students backed by the new regime took 63 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Teheran hostage; the days of Radical Muslim Terrorism towards America begin. Also, this is only a very, VERY small look at US relations with the middle east; I’m leaving out nuclear policies toward the middle east, Afghanistan relations, Iraqi relations, revolution factions in various Muslim states and TONS more.

    So, you see people… this is what is called BLOWBACK and its real. Israel and Muslim states have been used as pawns for over 60 years and the only reason Israel isn’t pissed is because America WON the Cold War and the Soviet Union collapsed. If the Soviet Union had won, Israel probably wouldn’t even be a nation today. Go ahead and check my facts, seriously, you should check my facts and read up on it yourself. Educate yourself.

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  17. Keep speaking the truth Ron Paul! The ignorant will boo, but the enlightened will embrace

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  18. Respect to Ron Paul from Pakistan!

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  19. The 911 issue needs more exposure outside the ranks of the truthers. Many of the people reading these words are already informed re the truth. You need (I am South African) someone to wake up your uninformed and Ron Paul could do it if he wanted. With respect he needs to re-assess his strategy around this issue. He tends to prevaricate around the 911 and I am not convinced he is going with his heart on this one.. His opponents have smelt blood in the water and he will have to decide this one soon.

    Ron Paul should risk exposing the truth on 911. Its true that it would polarise his support into the two camps either side of the issue…but the truther camp is fairly big already and will get far bigger very quickly if Ron Paul directs people to truther websites in a Presidential debate.

    How long does it take to educate a newbie to the truth re the 911/Neocons/Police state etc if they will just look at a carefully chosen group of the best truther websites? Not long because the evidence is already there and professionally presented; in a sense this is what these websites have been tidying shop for over the last ten years …lots of sceptical, new visitors. These websites are locked and loaded… And anyone just cautiously putting a toe in their water will very soon be swimming and wondering why they took so long to see that the world is in danger and that Ron Paul is their only Presidential hope.

    He may have to go with the truth anyway. If he pussyfoots around this issue he will eventually alienate the truthers and they constitute a big percentage of his support base. Plus prevaricating will not gain him any new supporters because the bad guys have clearly worked out a new strategy – rig the question around 911 and then boo loudly for the evening news soundbite. He will soon be credibly labelled a conspiracy theorist anyway.

    May as well stick with the truth, honesty and transparency. God will honour that

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  20. WTG RON PAUL U PUT IT DOWN!!

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