Ron Paul: We Can’t Remake the World with Bribes and Bombs!

by Ron Paul

The attack on the US consulate in Libya and the killing of the US Ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the US tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.

Unfortunately, what we saw in Libya last week is nothing new.

In 1980s Afghanistan, the US supported Islamic radicals in their efforts to expel the invading Soviet military. These radicals became what is known to be al-Qaeda, and our one-times allies turned on us most spectacularly on September 11, 2001.

Iraq did not have a significant al-Qaeda presence before the 2003 US invasion, but our occupation of that country and attempt to remake it in our image caused a massive reaction that opened the door to al-Qaeda, leading to thousands of US soldiers dead, a country destroyed, and instability that shows no sign of diminishing.

In Libya we worked with, among others, the rebel Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG) which included foreign elements of al-Qaeda. It has been pointed out that the al-Qaeda affiliated radicals we fought in Iraq were some of the same groups we worked with to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya. Last year in a television interview I predicted that the result of NATO’s bombing of Libya would likely be an increased al-Qaeda presence in the country. I said at the time that we may be delivering al-Qaeda another prize.

Not long after NATO overthrew Gaddafi, the al-Qaeda flag was flown over the courthouse in Benghazi. Should we be surprised, then, that less than a year later there would be an attack on our consulate in Benghazi? We have been told for at least the past eleven years that these people are the enemy who seeks to do us harm.

There is danger in the belief we can remake the world by bribing some countries and bombing others. But that is precisely what the interventionists – be they liberal or conservative – seem to believe. When the world does not conform to their image, they seem genuinely shocked. The secretary of state’s reaction to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was one of confusion. “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction,” she asked.

The problem is that we do not know and we cannot know enough about these societies we are seeking to remake. We never try to see through the eyes of those we seek to liberate. Libya is in utter chaos, the infrastructure has been bombed to rubble, the economy has ceased to exist, gangs and militias rule by brutal force, the government is seen as a completely illegitimate and powerless US puppet. How could anyone be shocked that the Libyans do not see our bombing their country as saving it from destruction?

Currently, the US is actively supporting rebels in Syria that even our CIA tells us are affiliated with al-Qaeda. Many of these radical Islamist fighters in Syria were not long ago fighting in Libya. We must learn from these mistakes and immediately cease all support for the Syrian rebels, lest history once again repeat itself. We are literally backing the same people in Syria that we are fighting in Afghanistan and that have just killed our ambassador in Libya! We must finally abandon the interventionist impulse before it is too late.


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  • Dear America, please elect Ron Paul, not just for the benefit of the USA, but that of the rest of the world, wich countries are being attacked by bombing, sabotage, or attempted goverment overthrow.

    I fear for the nations of the earth, that America will re-elect Obama, or even worse vote Romney.

    Vote Ron Paul, and go back to the good old America that I grew up to love. As a non American, I do not recognise your country anymore, except the dust that is left of it.

  • Auburey Street

    Dr. Paul,
    The public believes in you and we need you as president now! We can’t afford to wait four more years. You ought to get Jessee Ventura to be your Vice President and you guys would be a force to wreckon with and you would be giving all the sheeple an option to vote for someone who’s not corrupted by big money. Please don’t give up yet because were all in it to win it! Thank you so much for your service!

    Auburey Street

  • Lol people. What part of global do you not understand? Moving to a different country will not help at all. All it will so is delay the inevitable of things work out for the NWO which I pray to god does not happen.

  • Im very scared to where this world is heading too. I hope the soldiers wake up and stand down to fight these unconstitutional wars.

  • very true Dr. Paul. Unfortunately most people are either going to vote for Obama or Romney comes this November, that’s just the way it is. Then there will be others that may not vote at all(of which I’m one), disappointed that the only candidate that espoused their values and beliefs dropped out of the race.

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  • There has already been fraud.nation wide. They are not going to count write ins. They changed rules and everything to deny Dr Paul what males you think writing him in will help? No I’m not against him. I’m all for Dr Paul and his message of revolution.

  • obama and Romney Spoke of futures brave and proud
    And brought only hate and war.
    When was the last day without a war?
    We speak of greatness that we have never been.

  • The voice of reason in an insane world. God belss you Dr. Paul

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    For liberty

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  • Because of evil men who don’t give a damn about us.

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