It’s a shame, because on so many things recently Ron Paul has been absolutely, positively right.
As much as I share his perspective on our nation’s and government’s departure from its constitutional roots, and as much as I see the value inherent in his isolationist tendencies, when Dr. Paul comes out and makes the Carteresque assertion that radical Islamic terrorists want our severed heads on a platter because we are “occupying” Iraq and Afghanistan, he damages the credibility which he has built over the past year by being absolutely, positively right on pretty much everything else.
And it’s not just that he’s wrong on this. He’s absurdly, egregiously wrong. Radicalized Muslims have been attacking us not because of our military activity, but because we draw breath as free, God-fearing men and women. To say anything otherwise is to ignore history.
Radical Islamic jihadists were killing Jews in Munich in 1972. They killed approximately 60 American Marines in Lebanon in 1983. We were not “occupying” anything. Radical Islamic jihadists bombed the World Trade Center in 1993. They bombed our embassies in East Africa in 1998. We were not “occupiers” then, either.
Heck, we fought two wars off the North African coast in the early 19th century against Muslim pirates. We weren’t occupying anything during Thomas Jefferson’s administration, either.
I’m a big, big fan of the good doctor from Texas. While I thought him a little kooky during the GOP primary debates leading up to the 2008 presidential election, upon going back and looking at transcripts and video I was absolutely shocked at how right he was, at how differently he comes off knowing the happenings of the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. If Congressman Paul wants to maintain that credibility, he either needs to understand that radical Islamic jihadists attack Americans because they want to kill infidels, not occupiers. And if he cannot look at the facts and at history and understand that their anger is inbred, instilled over a lifetime and generations of lifetimes of hatred for the West, then he’s better off just shutting his mouth on this issue and sticking to the issues for which he has been so prescient.