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Ron Paul: Lessons From Paris

FREE SPEECH IS UNDER ATTACK … IN AMERICA || by RON PAUL  ||  After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor.  Those who do not understand blowback made the…

FREE SPEECH IS UNDER ATTACK … IN AMERICA

Ron Paul Iowa Poll|| by RON PAUL  ||  After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor.  Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims.  Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force.  The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

The mainstream media immediately decided that the shooting was an attack on free speech.  Many in the US preferred this version of “they hate us because we are free,” which is the claim that President Bush made after 9/11.  They expressed solidarity with the French and vowed to fight for free speech.  But have these people not noticed that the First Amendment is routinely violated by the US government?  President Barack Obama has used the Espionage Act more than all previous administrations combined to silence and imprison whistleblowers.  Where are the protests?  Where are protesters demanding the release of John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the CIA use of waterboarding and other torture? The whistleblower went to prison while the torturers will not be prosecuted. No protests.

If Islamic extremism is on the rise, the US and French governments are at least partly to blame.  The two Paris shooters had reportedly spent the summer in Syria fighting with the rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Assad.  They were also said to have recruited young French Muslims to go to Syria and fight Assad.  But France and the United States have spent nearly four years training and equipping foreign fighters to infiltrate Syria and overthrow Assad!  In other words, when it comes to Syria, the two Paris killers were on “our” side.  They may have even used French or US weapons while fighting in Syria.

Beginning with Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US and its allies have deliberately radicalized Muslim fighters in the hopes they would strictly fight those they are told to fight.  We learned on 9/11 that sometimes they come back to fight us.  The French learned the same thing last week.  Will they make better decisions knowing the blowback from such risky foreign policy?  It is unlikely because they refuse to consider blowback.  They prefer to believe the fantasy that they attack us because they hate our freedoms, or that they cannot stand our free speech.

Perhaps one way to make us all more safe is for the US and its allies to stop supporting these extremists.

Another lesson from the attack is that the surveillance state that has arisen since 9/11 is very good at following, listening to, and harassing the rest of us but is not very good at stopping terrorists.  We have learned that the two suspected attackers had long been under the watch of US and French intelligence services.  They had reportedly been placed on the US no-fly list and at least one of them had actually been convicted in 2008 of trying to travel to Iraq to fight against the US occupation.  According to CNN, the two suspects traveled to Yemen in 2011 to train with al-Qaeda.  So they were individuals known to have direct terrorist associations.  How many red flags is it necessary to set off before action is taken?  How long did US and French intelligence know about them and do nothing, and why?

Foreign policy actions have consequences.  The aggressive foreign policies of the United States and its allies in the Middle East have radicalized thousands and have made us less safe.  Blowback is real whether some want to recognize it or not.  There are no guarantees of security, but only a policy of non-intervention can reduce the risk of another attack.

Ron Paul is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas and the leader of the pro-liberty, pro-free market movement in the United States. His weekly column – reprinted with permission – can be found here.

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53 comments

GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

LESSON NO. 1 – Don’t – and DO NOT EVER – listen to the head-buried-up-their-@$$ Isolationist, unaccountable, irresponsible Liberal-Tarians…

Evil ignored only expands and seeks to conquer and steal liberal from all, especially those who have incorporated it best….

FITS and RonPaul should be FORCED to go live in an Islamic State, and run their mouths about the leaders, like they do here….If you are so he!!-bent on F*#king up our freedom, PLEASE sacrifice yours to the hateful, controlling brutal-murderers you preach to us about to defend…

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WMD Allah III January 12, 2015 at 11:18 am

Jesus, didn’t we (Bush) get rid of those pesky terrorists a decade and a half ago with our boots on the backs of their necks?

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grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

i thought they would greet us with candy and open arms..Cheney said so..he wouldn’t lie to us would he? im shocked..shocked i say. At least they got the WMDs..oh wait a sec..nevermind.

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Gregory Geddings January 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

Seriously? If Cheney offered Iraqi kids candy he would probably throw them in a burlap bag.

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grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

I guess you dont quite get sarcasm?

Gregory Geddings January 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

Yes, I got it and responded with another Cheney insult.

Gregory Geddings January 12, 2015 at 11:41 am

I wonder if the “Mission Accomplished” banner is hanging in the Bush library. Do they sell autographed copies of “My Pet Goat”?

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Read What You Write January 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

Evil ignored only expands and seeks to conquer and steal liberal from all, especially those who have incorporated it best….

Huh?

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Gregory Geddings January 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

WassamattaU. U donna capice plain Gibberish?

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grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 11:41 am

Trying to make any sense out of the grandasshat/trolls comments is like asking your fart gas to compute mathematical formulas..just not gonna happen.

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Here We Go Again, Tango! January 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I see the idiot found the edit button.

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James Madison January 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

“LESSON NO. 1 – Don’t – and DO NOT EVER – listen to the head-buried-up-their-@$$ Isolationist, unaccountable, irresponsible Liberal-Tarians”

Why you are at it, don’t forget about the founding fathers and their “Liberal-Tarian” propaganda (U.S. Constitution).

“Evil ignored only expands and seeks to conquer and steal liberty from all”

Like the U.S. government that is spying on us, disarming us, ever expanding, ever increasing our taxes and removing our right to free speech (via hate speech laws, etc.)? I can’t think of a better example.

I’m all for supporting our military (and not just some lip service BS or slapping a “support the troops” sticker on your truck and calling it a day: again, lip service BS) and fighting evil but you can’t ignore domestic tyranny as it is probably the greatest threat. Even a cursory view of history supports that assessment of government after government.

Don’t get me started about the same Neocons that are ALL for sending 18-19 year olds to fight for “freedom” yet completely IGNORE vets when they return and need help to get assimilated back into society. How come Neocons don’t put any REAL effort into fixing the VA or the joke of the process in dealing PTSD etc.? How come when a vet submits paperwork for PTSD he won’t even hear back from the VA months and when same vet calls for followup proactively they find out their claim is denied (unless you are literally brain-dead). How come these same Neocons don’t put any real effort into helping, very very capable young men (especially SOF) into getting real jobs?

I’ll answer why. Because sending troops to war to fight for “freedom” is profitable. Taking care of those same troops when they return is NOT profitable thus the powers that be and society will claim some lip service BS about “Supporting the troops” but their actions speak otherwise. 22 vets a day are committing suicide because of this.

Sad but true man. Wake the F up.

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Robert January 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

He contradicts himself a few times in this article. Paul is a mess.

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sparklecity January 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Without a doubt he is a “mess”
But…………..
The only thing I have thought myself is “Uncle Sugar” has a poor track record of arming people who we thought we could trust or count on and then getting our asses bit for doing so. They all seem to end up either killing us or the leaders (as we find out later) are hopelessly corrupt or end up being turncoats of one type or another..
I ain’t too crazy about trusting (or definately arming) any splinter faction in the Middle East as it stands today.

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Ron Helton January 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

You call Ron Paul a “mess” and then proceed to agree with him.
What the hell?

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euwe max January 15, 2015 at 2:00 am

Same principle as Christianity.

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Mike at the Beach January 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I love the logic of the fringy libertarian edges. Basically stated, “IF” Islamic extremism is on the rise (wha?) it’s because we became involved in the fight against…Islamic extremism. The Paris attacks? Easy- they were a direct result of the Iraq War (at least according to FITS). Evidently, there’s been no history of any violent extremism, jihadism, or backwards-ass cultural freeze in Muslim lands before W took office. Who knew?

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Their holy land sits on *our* oil!

how dare they ask to be left alone???

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Mike at the Beach January 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

As is often the case- nothing to do with my point. Their problems (and ours) started well before we knew about the wonders of petroleum. Oil issues = ~150 years. Muslim violence issues = ~1,300 years.

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M2000 January 13, 2015 at 12:31 am

Muhammad was around before oil…how the heck is mocking Muhammad related to oil?

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euwe max January 13, 2015 at 1:32 am

‘left alone’ ring a bell?

M2000 January 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

Muhammad and oil have nothing to do with each other dummy. What does making fun of a prophet have to do with war for oil? Apples and oranges.

euwe max January 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Since brevity is the soul of wit,
Irony its limbs and humor the torso,
I will be brief.

You are an idiot.

It is your destiny to accumulate at the bottom of the intelligence curve with these animals, your progeny doomed to your sparse choices for procreation, leaving ignorance as your only legacy.

M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

So how come Muslims reacted to the Muhammad cartoons BEFORE we ever invaded Iraq or Afghanistan?

euwe max January 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Ever hear of the Crusades? Look into it, and get back to me.

M2000 January 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Crusades were a response FROM Islam’s aggression.

M2000 January 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Typical Paulbot…taking the anti-Christian line….Byzantines were fighting their Persian counterparts before Islam came along and invaded both empires, Christians from Western Europe, even if they were a different brand of Christianity ran to their defense.

euwe max January 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

anti-Christian

——–

au contraire, mon ami… Je suis un fervent chrétien!

M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:46 pm

You’re an idiot Paulbot….you contradict yourself by ignoring Spain being under Islam’s complete control. Hmm, I am beginning to see a pattern here with Paulbots…it is to excuse all non-Western aggressors of their crimes.

That’s perfectly okay, Muhammad also killed Jews in Saudi Arabia when he was just starting out too dumb Paulbot.

euwe max January 15, 2015 at 1:53 am

Ron Paul is a kook.

M2000 January 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

The dummy wRONg Paul just recently came out on his own Ron Paul Institute claiming the same Paris attacks were an “inside job” and at the same time he denies the “Truthers” when he peddles how we should have empathy for Islamic fanatics whom murder people whom make fun of their Prophet that had nothing to do with oil or foreign wars.

M2000 January 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

I’ll put Paulbots like you in drags and you can be crowned Queen to Dr. Paul for the pageant.

Abe January 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

A small history Lesson good sir: We indirectly created Al Qaeda in the 1980s (look up Operation Cyclone) and these attacks are a direct result of our foreign Policy (ISIS/ISIL = Al Qaeda in Iraq whom would have existence put into being had Crazy Uncle Hussein remained in power).

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Mike at the Beach January 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

I hear ya Abe, but reject your version of “history.” I spent years in Afghanistan and the surrounding environs (going waaay back), and can tell you that the “we created AQ” (indirectly or otherwise) dialog simply doesn’t cut it. We armed the folks, of course, but the anti-gov’t guerrilla / civil war (and to a certain extent the mujaheddin movement) against the Communist gov’t and the Russian “infidels” was organic and well underway before we were able to get too heavily involved, and as I recall they were already pretty heavily armed when we got there. Besides, there were never nearly as many US personnel as believed on the ground there; the support was largely financial / materiel. Your point on Hussein is better and closer to reality, but that’s a whole other rabbit hole there… We’ll just agree to disagree on the history lesson.

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Abe January 14, 2015 at 1:06 am

I can understand your point of view. I don’t think absolute Isolationism is a good foreign policy position given that power vacuums tend to make things worse. I’m sure CIA weren’t like “we’re going to create global terrorist movement in order to justify our operations, mwahahaha” but when we give money to bad guys to fight other bad guys the only result is that the bad guys win… which pretty much consists of almost every state in the middle east.

Mike at the Beach January 14, 2015 at 1:19 am

I don’t know, my evil laugh is pretty good…

Foreign intervention is the classic damned if you do / damned if you don’t puzzle. It would be great if we could do the Ron paul / fringy Libertarian thing and simply wall ourselves off from the world, but most smart people understand why that won’t work. The gimmick is picking the right battles, and I wish I knew what the trick was there. You are correct in regard to the Middle East is a cesspool of crooked governments and broken culture (as are SW Asia and the arc of instability across Northern Africa)- call me when you figure out exactly what we ought to be doing there. ;-)

Bible Thumper January 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

Blowback!
Bunker hill – American Revolution
Burning of Washington DC – War of 1812
Alamo – Texas Revolution
Gettysburg – Civil War
Bataan and Corregidor -World War II
Battle of the Bulge – World War II

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FastEddy23 January 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Never forget the Whisky Rebellion (1791) in which the newly taxed distillers went into armed revolted because of favoritism, selective taxation without representation and corruption in the g’ment(s).

“… Throughout counties in Western Pennsylvania, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax. Resistance came to a climax in July 1794, when a U.S. marshal arrived in western Pennsylvania to serve writs to distillers who had not paid the excise. The alarm was raised, and more than 500 armed men attacked the fortified home of tax inspector General John Neville. … With 13,000 [g’ment] militiamen provided by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Washington rode at the head of an army to suppress the insurgency. … The whiskey tax was repealed after Thomas Jefferson’s Republican Party, … came to power in 1801 …” – Wikipedia … (The South has been fighting those taxsucking revenuers ever since.)

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FastEddy23 January 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Other degradations of free speech that seem to be slipping under the MSM and public radar:
* The capture and enslavement of internet blogs (like this very one) and spying and dissing of too many selected bloggers.
* The latest attempt by the FCC to over regulate, over tax and kill small internet businesses and publications with crony capitalism schemes that cater to the major networks.
* The federal court system being euthanized and otherwise hamstrung by Washington.
* … [more] …

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William January 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The only attack on free speech in this country comes from the folks trying to say money is speech. Because if money is speech, the more money you have the louder your voice, those with little money are just a whisper among the screams, and those without money are mute.

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merci January 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm Reply
M2000 January 13, 2015 at 12:30 am

I’m sorry…but making fun of Prophet Muhammad and foreign policy are not the same. Get a clue. How is getting killed for making fun of the Prophet Muhammad comparable to bombing Syria or Iraq?

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Burning Straw Men January 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Because there’s testimony that the terrorists were radicalized by Abu Graib, suggesting that foreign policy does have an impact in combination with other things, like making fun of Muhammad.

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

You’re an idiot, you really are. Muhammad cartoons have nothing to do with Abu Graib.

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

Can you idiot Paulbots tell me what does Nadeem Elyas of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany being upset over Muhammad’s depiction in any image have to do about foreign wars?

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FastEddy23 January 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm Reply
FastEddy23 January 13, 2015 at 3:28 pm

“Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV” …..
;-}

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2907941/Moroccan-born-mayor-Rotterdam-tells-fellow-Muslims-not-appreciate-freedoms-living-West-pack-bags-f-live-TV.html#ixzz3Oje9Qplr

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

So the Paulbots promote Paul like their Muhammad is to Islam. Do not ridicule wRONg Paul even though he says something that makes no sense and can be 1000 percent provably wrong!

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

wRONg Paul and the Paulbots believe in Islam’s Taqiyya believing their outbursts are simply about imperialism when it’s a lie. They don’t care if you remove everyone’s base from their land because they’ll just convert your land to their land.

Just ask those two empires Islam occupied when Muhammad rose to power….

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

Could you idiot Paulbots explain why Muslim countries crackdown on criticism of Islam in general? No, I’m not talking about Saudi Arabia…or Iran….but countries like Kuwait…Morocco…those countries….

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

So how come Paulbots ignore Islam’s conquest of Spain like so many OTHER non-Muslim lands? Turkey….Syria….Iraq…Afghanistan….Turkmenistan….all were once non-Muslim….has zero to do about non-Muslim aggression toward the Muslims….

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M2000 January 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm

wRONg Paul sucks…see Muslim Conquests….if the non-Muslims fought back, Paulbots would be making excuses for the Muslims to conquer all the non-Muslims oh wait they’re already doing it.

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