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Ron Paul: On 9/11 Ask The Right Questions And Face The Truth – OpEd

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Ten years ago, shocking and horrific acts of terrorism were carried out on U.S. soil, taking nearly 3,000 innocent American lives. Without a doubt this action demanded retaliation and retribution. However, much has been done in the name of protecting the American people from terrorists that has reduced our prosperity and liberty and even made us less safe.

This is ironic and sad considering that the oft-repeated line concerning the reasoning behind the attacks is that they hate us for who we are – a free prosperous people – that we must not under any circumstances allow the terrorists to win. Though it is hard for many to believe, honest studies show that the real motivation behind the 9/11 attacks, and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism, is not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life, neither is it our religion or our wealth – rather it is primarily occupation. If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases and armed soldiers present in our hometown, you might begin to understand why foreign occupation upsets people so much.

Robert Pape has extensively researched this issue and goes in-depth in his book “Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It”. In fact, of the 2,200 incidents of suicide attacks he has studied worldwide since 1980, 95% were in response to foreign occupation. Pape notes that before our invasion of Iraq, only about 10% of suicide terrorism was aimed at Americans or American interests. Since then however, not only is suicide terrorism greatly on the rise, but 91% of it is now directed at us.

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Yes, the attacks of 9/11 deserved a response, but the manner in which we responded has allowed radicals in the Muslim world to advance a very threatening narrative about us and our motivation in occupying their lands. Osama Bin Laden referred to us as “crusaders” with a religious agenda to convert Muslims, westernize their culture and take control of their resources. If we had targeted our response to only the thugs and criminals who attacked us, and refrained from invading countries that had nothing to do with it, this characterization would seem less plausible to the desperate and displaced. Blaming Islam alone is grossly misleading.

Instead, we chose a course of action that led to the further loss of 8,000 American lives, 40,000 wounded, and has left hundreds of thousands seeking help from the Veterans Administration. We are $3 to $4 trillion poorer. Our military is spread dangerously thin around the globe at the expense of protection here at home. Not only that, but we have allowed our freedoms to be greatly threatened and undermined from within. The PATRIOT Act, warrantless searches and wiretapping, abuse of habeas corpus, useless and humiliating circumstances at the airport, are just a few examples of how we have allowed the terrorists to win by making our country less free. Suicide terrorism did not exist in Iraq before we got there. Now it does. There are no known instances of Iranians committing suicide terrorism. If we invade and occupy Iran, expect that to change, too.

Sometimes it can be very uncomfortable to ask the right questions and face the truth. When a slick politician comes along and gives a much more soothing, self-congratulating version of events, it is very tempting to simply believe what we would like to hear. But listening to lies does not make us safer, even though it might make us feel better about ourselves. The truth is that ending these misguided wars and occupations will make us safer, more prosperous and more free.

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Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American physician, author, and politician who served for many years as a U.S. Representative for Texas. He was a three-time candidate for President of the United States, as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

6 thoughts on “Ron Paul: On 9/11 Ask The Right Questions And Face The Truth – OpEd

  • September 12, 2011 at 6:58 am
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    Bravo, Dr. Paul! Unfortunately, It is truly amazing how many people have been seemingly PROGRAMMED to respond on a visceral, emotional level whenever ANY questioning of 9/11 is discussed! Even when you point out that the 9/11 COMMISSIONERS disagree with the findings of their own report, people will go bonkers and start name-calling or else just shut down and refuse to hear!

    Any REAL discussion of even peripheral questions- let alone the CENTRAL REASONS behind the 9-11 attacks is instantly labeled by the Government and it’s partners in the media as ‘extreme’, ‘conspiracy theory’ or one of the many other standard media ad-hominem appellations that are used to stifle ANY critical thinking on the 9-11 subject and discredit anyone who questions their orthodoxy.

    Fortunately, more and more people are rejecting not only the ‘Official’ version of 9-11, but even more importantly are also rejecting the messengers in the ‘old media’ that refuse to stray from their corporate talking points and attack or ignore anyone who tries to question them.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 8:35 am
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    No room for honesty in today’s government.

    I’d like to thank Ron Paul for running again regardless. He’s a very respectable man.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 11:59 am
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    thank you Dr Paul .. again ~!

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  • September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm
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    Dr. Paul, I wish you the best, particularly in your messaging on war. It may sink your candidacy, but there is a small chance that you will force an open and honest discussion about the paths we took.

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  • September 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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    I am a military veteran and I sincerely appreciate Ron Paul promoting the truth about our unjust wars. We need to take America back from the neocons and bring our youth home from neocon imperialism.

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  • September 13, 2011 at 12:28 am
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    Now go the step further, Dr. Paul, and demand that the people who initiated these lies, the Bush administration, be prosecuted for the gross abuse of power that these lies allowed in these military actions and militarization of police and authorization of apparent Constitution violations of the TSA. I am glad that one of my fellow Canadians, a lawyer in British Columbia, has the courage to stand up and demand that Cheney be arrested upon his arrival in Canada under international laws that his books admit to him breaking. Obama may want to give the previous administration a pass for all of the lies and law-breaking, but the U.N. should definately have a different stance.

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