Paul: Expect blowback for US weapons killing civilians in Gaza

By David Edwards
Friday, January 9, 2009 11:41 EDT
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Ron Paul spoke on the House floor against a resolution which recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets fired by Gaza.

Partial transcript

PAUL: So we definitely have a moral responsibility and especially now, today, the weapons being used to kill so many Palestinians are American weapons and american funds is essentially being used for this. But there’s a political liability which I think is something that we fail to look at because, too often, there’s so much blowback from our intervention in areas that we shouldn’t be involved in.

You know, Hamas, if you look at the history you’ll find out that Hamas was encouraged and really started by Israel because they wanted Hamas to counteract Yasser Arafat. You say, “Yeah, it was better then and it served its purpose but we didn’t want Hamas to do this.” So then, we as Americans say, “Well, we have such a good system we’re going to impose this on the world. We’re going to invade Iraq and teach people how to be democrats. We want free elections.” We encourage the palestinians to have a free election. They do and they elect Hamas. So, we first indirectly and directly through Israel help established Hamas. Then we have an election that Hamas becomes dominant so we have to kill them. You know, it just doesn’t make sense.

During the 80′s, you know, we were allied with Osama bin Laden and we were contending with the Soviets. It was at that time our C.I.A. thought it was good if we radicalize the Muslim world. So we financed the madrassa schools to radicalize the Muslims in order to compete with the — with the Soviets. There’s too much blowback.

This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Jan. 9, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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