Ron Paul, Osama, and the GOP

“More than 600,000 Iraqi children have died due to lack of food and medicine and as a result of the unjustifiable aggression (sanctions) imposed on Iraq and its people. The children of Iraq are our children. You, the USA, together with the Saudi regime, are responsible for the shedding of the blood of these innocent children. Due to all of that, whatever treaty you have with our country is now null and void.”–Osama Bin Laden

That was in 1996.   This was Ron Paul in the debates last week:

“Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us?” he said. “They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.”

Ron Paul said basically that this is what our policies bring (as supported by the 9/11 report).  They bring mad-men like Osama Bin Laden to our doorstep.  That doesn’t justify the attacks, but it helps us to understand the climate from which they were born.

Silencing him only does the GOP a disservice.  They have little in the way of credibility left.  And shutting up the one guy who says what most Americans are thinking only digs the hole deeper for the Republican Party.  They are in for a major defeat this election cycle.  And they know it.

Advertisements

2 responses to “Ron Paul, Osama, and the GOP

  1. It is too late for the GOP at this point. Sure, we want people like Ron Paul to keep talking; however, I really do not think Americans are going to as blind as they have been the past 7 years.

    Interesting statement by Laden. I am not sure what point he is trying to make here.

    …he is not fooling anyone.

  2. I think you’re totally right. Once we get into the general election, the Republicans are finished. Who ever wins the Republican nomination is likely be the next Dukakis … only on their side this time.

    Bin Laden used the tragedy of what we did to the people of Iraq for his own ends. I have never believed that he cared deeply for his people, but rather cared deeply for his own ambition.

    But, the people in the Middle east, the civilians, who hear what he has to say, I’m sure can’t help but feel there is a ring of truth there in what he’s saying. And that is the frightening thing. So many politicians in our country have such a hard time owning up to reality. And that makes us look hypocritical and phony.

    I’m sure if I were a poor Iraqi, stuck in a violent country, headed by a dictator, where sanctions were killing off my children, and American bombs were constantly killing civilians, then Bin Laden might not sound so crazy. It’s hard to be a rational, objective person in any area of life, let alone situations like that.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s