Ron Paul: Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating It?

How long until we accept that “collateral damage” is just another word for “murder”?
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    When we think about terrorism we most often think about the horrors of a Manchester-like attack, where a radicalized suicide bomber went into a concert hall and killed dozens of innocent civilians. It was an inexcusable act of savagery and it certainly did terrorize the population.

    What is less considered are attacks that leave far more civilians dead, happen nearly daily instead of rarely, and produce a constant feeling of terror and dread. These are the civilians on the receiving end of US and allied bombs in places like Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.

    Last week alone, US and “coalition” attacks on Syria left more than 200 civilians dead and many hundreds more injured. In fact, even though US intervention in Syria was supposed to protect the population from government attacks, US-led air strikes have killed more civilians over the past month than air strikes of the Assad government. That is like a doctor killing his patient to save him.

    Do we really believe we are fighting terrorism by terrorizing innocent civilians overseas? How long until we accept that “collateral damage” is just another word for “murder”?

    The one so-called success of the recent G7 summit in Sicily was a general agreement to join together to “fight terrorism.” Have we not been in a “war on terrorism” for the past 16 years? What this really means is more surveillance of innocent civilians, a crackdown on free speech and the Internet, and many more bombs dropped overseas. Will doing more of what we have been doing do the trick? Hardly! After 16 years fighting terrorism, it is even worse than before we started. This can hardly be considered success.

    They claim that more government surveillance will keep us safe. But the UK is already the most intrusive surveillance state in the western world. The Manchester bomber was surely on the radar screen. According to press reports, he was known to the British intelligence services, he had traveled and possibly trained in bomb-making in Libya and Syria, his family members warned the authorities that he was dangerous, and he even flew terrorist flags over his house. What more did he need to do to signal that he may be a problem? Yet somehow even in Orwellian UK, the authorities missed all the clues.

    Related: Manchester Bomber May Have Been Groomed By UK Intelligence

    But it is even worse than that. The British government actually granted permission for its citizens of Libyan background to travel to Libya and fight alongside al-Qaeda to overthrow Gaddafi. After months of battle and indoctrination, it then welcomed these radicalized citizens back to the UK. And we are supposed to be surprised and shocked that they attack?

    The real problem is that both Washington and London are more interested in regime change overseas than any blowback that might come to the rest of us back home. They just do not care about the price we pay for their foreign policy actions. No grand announcement of new resolve to “fight terrorism” can be successful unless we understand what really causes terrorism. They do not hate us because we are rich and free. They hate us because we are over there, bombing them.

    © RonPaul Institute


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    • Krishna E. Bera

      Good to see elected politicians not afraid to speak unpopular truths.

      • tapatio

        Sadly, this one has retired and his son has already sold out.

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    • TecumsehUnfaced
      • Krishna E. Bera

        doesnt look like new york.
        not sure how this relates to the article

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          The idea was to get people to consider how they would feel about such devastation being worked in their cities. Didn’t work for you, eh? You’re welcome to come up with something better.

          • Krishna E. Bera

            Just say the idea! Would have worked for me.
            Mentioning Israel opens another can of worms 😉

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              Do you think that if the opportunity presented, the ZioCons wouldn’t do the same to us?

              • Krishna E. Bera

                Who is us? They already are doing the settler-colonialism thing to Palestinians.
                As a resource farm, Canada is next victim if it decides to defy the US program and prosecute the war criminals.

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  Are you saying that there are non-Zionist people they wouldn’t do the same thing to?

                  Or pointing out that the U.S. is ruled by the same, or same kind of, thugs that rule the Zionists?

                  • Krishna E. Bera

                    Israel’s political power is waning, as is America’s.
                    Both will probably take down many more victims before they expire.

                    • tapatio

                      You are entirely correct. However, being politically correct and not saying what AIPAC, the Rothschild-Bilderberg cartel, Israel, Zionism, Bolshevism and many other sicknesses have in common does NOT help in minimizing the damage Israel and the Jewish puppet Washington can do before they collapse.

                      Nor does it aid humanity in trying to prevent another outbreak of this disease in 50 or 500 years. There is ONE primary disease vector.

                      • Krishna E. Bera

                        Ignorance (manifesting as unquestioning adherence to religious dogma) is certainly one perennial problem for humanity, but i’m sure you can see several others, greed being a significant one. I would also name the corrupting effect of power as a high priority problem.

                        If we are to move toward a better future, it helps to have some idea what that would look like – what mechanisms or structure could neutralize the evil forces?

                      • tapatio

                        The sociopathic need/desire to dominate/use/hurt USES religion to market its lies. Religion is not the problem. USE of religion is the problem.

                        Today, we have the technology and sociological skills available to create a TRUE village to global democracy, where an African Pygmy can vote, on his cell phone, for his village headman and a representative for the UNGA and any office in between. There is NO VALID REASON that humanity can’t work toward that goal and achieve it within 3 generations or less.

                        The crimes emanating from ONE cult brought about the master-race syndromes of…..

                        1) The Talmud
                        2) “Manifest Destiny” (it wasn’t Monroe’s original idea)
                        3) Naz! Germany (Rothschild’s control of Versailles)
                        4) Zionism
                        5) Wahhabism & the Salafists (Rothschild’s control of the Foreign Office 100 years ago)

                        ANY form, whatever, of this statement MUST be ruthlessly stamped out by humanity the instant it appears. ………………..

              • tapatio

                They did. You forget 9/11?

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  I was hoping someone would point that out.

                  • tapatio

                    You had to know that I would if I saw that comment of yours.

                    • TecumsehUnfaced

                      Yep! Now I’m hoping some fool will challenge you.

                      • tapatio

                        We shall see.