Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ron Paul Is No Friend of Israel

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution "Recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

The vote was 390 'aye', 5 'nay', and 22 'present'. Joining liberal Democrats such as Dennis Kucinich (OH) and Maxine Waters (CA) in voting against the resolution was Texas Republican Ron Paul.

In a YouTube video published on the 3rd, Ron Paul says, "To me it's a pretty sad day for the whole world because it means the whole idea of preemptive, preventative war is spreading. Israel says they have to go in to prevent a problem... and who knows for what other reasons."

He goes on to add, "This thing is an entire mess. The Palestinians are virtually in like a concentration camp. They have a few, small missiles, but it is so minor compared to the firepower of Israel, who has nuclear weapons, and they can turn off all the food and all the water and whatever they want to the people in Palestine, and yet we are going to have to accept some of the moral responsibility for this."

If Rep. Paul thinks the Gaza Strip is a concentration camp, perhaps he needs to visit Auschwitz and Dachau and Buchenwald. Perhaps the congressman can visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum someday soon, to find out what exactly a concentration camp is. The Museum being in Washington, D.C., would be much more convenient for the doctor than traveling to Germany and Poland. Or closer to home, he might even have some Holocaust survivors in his district. He should ask them what those camps were like.

Maybe Ron Paul thinks Israel should stand idly by as Hamas bombs the Israeli people, and fires rockets day after day. Maybe Ron Paul thinks that the deaths of Israeli civilians are okay, since rockets are only "minor" weapons, not major ones like nuclear bombs. Whatever Ron Paul thinks, he is dead wrong on Israel.

He may be right when it comes to fiscal responsibility, but Ron Paul is dangerously wrong on most of his foreign policy, and dead wrong when it comes to Israel. He is no friend of Israel.

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