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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386 Comments:

  1. Too bad most people do not think like you do!

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  2. Ron paul did not retire. He resigned from congress along with congressional duties. He now has more time to run independant.:)

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  3. When they attack their enemies with comments like "you Nazi" or "you're like Hitler"... it is a threat. A threat of violence. In 1933 U.K. and U.S. jewish press printed articles claiming "Judea declares war on Germany". They declared and they won that war. They continue to threaten any opponents with the same attacks.

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  4. Waiting for the massive flow of JDIF to attack this video about how RP is antisemitic

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  5. $hit Romney and Nutty Yahoo have been friends for years. What did you expect from the two knuckle draggers.

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  6. Palestine has, and never will be an American ally. America has been a superpower for very long, but just as any civilization, there will be a time when we will need help. You do not declare someone an ally unless you will protect them in times of war. Israel has, and will be our ally. We have a commitment to protect them form outside forces by taking them on as an ally. If we got attacked by Iran, it would be our allies commitment to help us out. Why would you not defend your friends.

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  7. YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS RON PAUL!

    FUCK ISRAEL!!!

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  8. Too bad America is so very corrupt or Ron Paul would be President. But then we are run by Israel.

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  9. The TAXPAYER PAYS ISRAEL and ISRAEL pays of the MOB and its minions !

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  10. MONEY - backed by the US taxpayer and the ROTHSCHILD banking CARTEL and JEWISH MAFIA !

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  11. The US is an OCCUPIED NATION !

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  12. I have some questions.... Why is the Federal Reserve Run by Jews? Why are there so many Jews in the government in key positions? Why have the Jews in government passed so many anti-white, anti-freedom laws? Why Are The Banks Run by Jews? Why is the Media Run by Jews? Why is Hollywood Run by Jews? Why are Educational Institutions Run by Jews? Why have Jews been expelled (109 TIMES com)?

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  13. *Citation Required*
    I am not aware of any nation which has declared the ambition to "wipe them [Israel] off the face of the earth".
    If you are reffering to Ahmadinejad: this was actually a mistranslation of an inaccurate quote of Khomeini.
    He was expressing the wish that the regime occupying Jerusalem would be wiped away from history. He did not threaten to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth" since that is an English phrase and there is no Farsi equivilent.

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  14. $200 million offered by the Obama White House in 2010 helped build a fourth installment.In March of this year Israel announced the Iron Dome had successfully intercepted 90 percent of incoming Gaza missiles that would have landed in populated Israeli areas.Within a month of that announcement, the U.S. House of Rep. approved an additional $680 million in funding for the Iron Dome.The Dome funding has all been in addition to the $3 billion a year the U.S. provides to Israel's defense budget.

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  15. Zionists have infiltrated the US. Time to route 'em out.

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  16. What language do they speak in Iran?

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  17. Congressman Paul is a giant among midgets. This country does not deserve such a great man.

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  18. And Ron Paul loves you back!!! xD

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  19. i,m a joo

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  20. No, I've long supported cutting off all foreign aid and closing most bases in Europe and Asia. Ron Paul just has no coherent historical understanding of this area. Palestine is not a country or people...its in Jordan. Great Britain ran this area at the end of World War 2. The people that lived there sided with the Nazis. When you back the wrong side....there are consequences. His claim that we aren't even hand there is bullshit. They get plenty of money as well, and fawning from Clinton.

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