Ron Paul: Blind Support of Israel Leads to Unexpected Consequences




by Ron Paul

As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.

It feels like 2009 all over again, which is the last time this kind of violence broke out in Gaza. At that time over 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13 of which 10 were combatants. At that time I said of then-President Bush’s role in the conflict:

It’s our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly, the president has said nothing to diminish it. As a matter of fact, he justifies it on moral grounds, saying, oh, they have a right to do this, without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza…. To me, I look at it like a concentration camp.

The US role has not changed under the Obama administration. The same mistakes continue. As journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week:

“For years now, US financial, military and diplomatic support of Israel has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict. The bombs Israel drops on Gazans, and the planes they use to drop them, and the weapons they use to occupy the West Bank and protect settlements are paid for, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer…”

Last week, as the fighting raged, President Obama raced to express US support for the Israeli side, in a statement that perfectly exemplifies the tragic-comedy of US foreign policy. The US supported the Israeli side because, he said, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” Considering that this president rains down missiles on Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and numerous other countries on a daily basis, the statement was so hypocritical that it didn’t pass the laugh test. But it wasn’t funny.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton traveled to Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, but she refused to meet with elected Palestinian leaders. Clinton said upon arrival in Israel, “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock-solid and unwavering.” Does this sound like an honest broker?

At the same time Congress acted with similar ignobility when an unannounced resolution was brought to the House floor after the business of the week had been finished; and in less than 30 seconds the resolution was passed by unanimous consent, without debate and without most Representatives even having heard of it. The resolution, H Res 813, was so one-sided it is not surprising they didn’t want anyone to have the chance to read and vote on it. Surely at least a handful of my colleagues would have objected to language like, “The House of Representatives expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders…”

US foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in more loss of life and of security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy the threat of missiles from Gaza nor do the Palestinians enjoy their Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But as long as Israel can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the US taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior. And as long as the Palestinians feel the one-sided US presence lined up against them they will continue to resort to more and more deadly and desperate measures.

Continuing to rain down missiles on so many increasingly resentful nations, the US is undermining rather than furthering its security. We are on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.

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  1. Ron Paul and David Duke are the only politicions that stand for REAL equality, REAL freedom, REAL gun laws that decreases gun violance, REAL immigration laws that will benafit americans, and REAL banking system.

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  2. Just because the man has a different opinion does not make him ignorant. Are you aware that it is primarily only Baptists and Pentecostal religions that believe Israel has God given rights to the land that Jews are still God's "chosen"? There are many other mainstream denominations who don't hold that view.... Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and many others. Personally, I think Paul was right and did his best to explain the difference between a spiritual jew and a physical jew.

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  3. Comments such as yours convinces me without any doubt that Israel is nothing more than a "shitty little country" inhabited (mostly) by pieces of shit!

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  4. Comments such as yours convinces me without any doubt that Israel is nothing more than a "shitty little country" inhabited (mostly) by pieces of shit!

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  5. This man is about the only politician I know with integrity, morality, and consistency.

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  6. This man is about the only politician I know with integrity, morality, and consistency.

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  7. Nour ,you are a stupid anti semitic cunt

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  8. Nour ,you are a stupid anti semitic cunt

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  9. American taxes at work as approved by the congress of the american state of israel..

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  10. I am a lifelong Democrat.

    Ron Paul is the most conscientious, courageous, decent and honorable politician, if not in our entire American history, but most certainly during my lifetime of nearly 60 years.

    Absent nothing short of a miracle, a man like that could never, and can never, get elected to the highest office in the land - in fact, in any major country in the world. Our socio-political-economic system is too corrupted for that to happen.

    However, that being said, this miracle could come about if Ron Paul could run a "THROW AWAY YOUR VOTE AND VOTE FOR A GUARANTEED LOSER" presidential campaign since this is the biggest ammunition that all his opponents have to use - and have consistently used - against him in order to marginalize him and convince people, who otherwise would have voted for Ron Paul, that a vote for him is a wasted vote.

    As well, this is the reason why most people don't care to vote at all and prefer to sit on the sidelines. Since they believe that a vote for any politician is a wasted vote because they are all the same; drink from the same fountain of lies; and bathe in the same bath of deception and corruption.

    If all these people make a conscious decision, and knowingly decide to throw away their vote, this would be the democratic equivalent of the French Revolution. This is the only miracle that I see. The media would have a field day with it. The pundits wouldn't know how to spin this one.

    @Ron Paul:

    This is what I call a DISARM YOUR OPPONENT campaign strategy. By taking away their only weapon against you, you will now be free to send your message to the American people and they will now be free to hear your message. Ask people to vote for you if they truly believe you cannot win. That is the most powerful message you can send out to the American people.

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  11. You have a mantra? Woa lookout there dude that sounds like a structed belief system *scaredpants*

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  12. I never thought he was a messiah, I voted for hime because he wasnt Mccain/Palin. As much as I loath him I dont and never will regret that choice. Voted for Paul in 2011, aint my fult now 😀

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  13. Jew want Americans to go to war & death for Israel.

    Support Chuck Hagel !

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  14. Jew want Americans to go to war & death for Israel.

    Support Chuck Hagel !

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