“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.