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Ron Paul’s War On Israel
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5
Rep. Ron Paul is now in first place in the Iowa caucus polls, second in New Hampshire and third nationally. This has prompted a former close aide of his, Eric Dondero, to speak out about the anti-Israeli views he expressed to him in private. The Paul campaign is ridiculing Dondero as a “disgruntled former staffer” and another aide, an Israeli, is defending Paul. A close examination of Paul’s books, newsletters and statements give credence to Dondero.
Dondero worked closely with Paul from 1987 to 2003. After he left, he nearly ran against Ron Paul but instead supported another candidate. Dondero claims that the presidential candidate is not merely anti-Semitic but “wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.” Dr. Leon Hadar, a dual American-Israeli citizen who served as a foreign policy adviser to Paul during his 2008 presidential campaign, has risen to Paul’s defense. He says that Paul does not want to see Israel eliminated as a state, yet Paul praises an anti-Zionist group that envisions just that.
On page 317 of his book, “Liberty Defined,” Paul laments the influence of the Israeli government on America and the “apartheid conditions that Palestinians are subjected to.” He says that “Even newspapers in Israel are willing to discuss this issue openly, but it is essentially never permitted in the United States.” He praises J-Street for challenging “AIPAC’s monopoly control of the discussion” and Peace Now. He expresses his pleasure that an anti-Zionist group called the American Council for Judaism has growing support.
The American Council for Judaism is opposed the concept of Jewish nationality and a Jewish state. The editor of its publications, Allan C. Brownfield, told the New York Times that “While we wish Israel well, we don’t view it as our homeland.” In the fall of 2010, he wrote a glowing book review of “The Dark Side of Zionism.” The title speaks for itself.
In spring 2009, the American Council for Judaism’s Issues publication carried an article by Yakov M. Rabkin that defends Iran and bashes Israel. He writes that Jews are treated well in Iran and that “the role of the Israel Lobby has been seminal in the anti-Iran hysteria.”
“The religiously inspired Iranian president predicts the end of the Zionist regime, but he does not threaten to massacre the inhabitants of Israel,” the ACJ’s publication states. The author agrees with Ahmadinejad in predicting the eventual disappearance of Israel and talks about the “contradictions” between Zionism and Judaism. He also says that Zionism “takes precedence over the human welfare and the very survival of the Jews.” This is the group that Ron Paul speaks fondly of.
Voters first saw a glimpse of Paul’s attitude towards Israel during an argument with Newt Gingrich. The former House speaker was under fire for calling the Palestinians an “invented” people. Paul did not necessarily disagree, conceding that “Technically and historically” Gingrich is right. He then added, “You know, under the Ottoman Empire, the Palestinians didn’t have a state, but neither did Israel have a state then, too.”
Ron Paul defends Iran’s innocence, going so far as to say there is no evidence that it is seeking a nuclear weapon, stands in sharp contrast to the heaps of criticism he levels towards Israel. In January 2009, he talked to Iranian state TV about the “tragedy of Gaza” (his words) and said, “To me, I look at it like a concentration camp, and people [in Gaza] are making homemade bombs, like they are the aggressors?”
He made similar comments in an interview in June 2010 with Don Imus, calling the flotilla raid “horrible” and again accusing Israel of turning the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into a “concentration camp” by blocking the arrival of humanitarian aid.
He consistently paints the terrorist threat as beginning and ending with U.S. support for Israel. He writes in “A Foreign Policy of Freedom” that American “dollars and weapons are being used against the Palestinians as the Palestinian territory shrinks and Israel’s occupation expands.” Elsewhere in the book, hecomplains that “all recent presidents have reiterated our obligation to bleed for Israel.”
Ron Paul stresses that he is not an enemy of Israel. He calls the country America’s “best friend,” and says the U.S. should be a “friend” and not a “master.” He says that U.S. foreign aid is used to coerce Israel and “They are a democracy and we share many values with them.” Paul says that his opposition to foreign aid is in line with Zionism, which asserts Jewish independence and self-reliance. However, that is a separate question from whether he believes Israel’s foundations are legitimate, and, furthermore, he says that the U.S. should be a “friend” to all countries.
Ron Paul’s old newsletters are being reviewed now that he is in the top tier. James Kirchick tracked almost all of them down and observed that “No foreign country was mentioned in the newsletters more often than Israel.” A 1987 issue calls the country an “aggressive, national socialist state.” In 1990, it warned of the “tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of experience.”
After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, his newsletter stated, “Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.” Another talked about “The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica.” In November 1993, it referred to Bobby Fischer, an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier, as an “American hero” with views that are “very politically incorrect on Jewish questions.” The text seemed to decry the fact that that his opinions were overshadowing his accomplishments as a master chess player.
Ron Paul says he did not read the newsletters before they were published and does not agree with their content. His campaign says that he “did not write, edit or authorize” them and that he completely rejects their bigotry.
Eric Dondero claims that Paul “strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that ‘saving the Jews,’ was absolutely none of our business.” Blogger Jeffrey Scott Shapiro recalls a conversation he had with Paul in 2009 on the subject. He quotes Paul as saying that he “wouldn’t risk American lives to do that [stop the Holocaust]” if it is “purely as a moral imperative.”
“If someone wants to do that on their own because they want to do that, well, that’s fine, but I wouldn’t do that,” he quotes Paul. He is on record as describing himself as part of the “Old Right,” a movement that opposed U.S. involvement in World War Two.
Dondero also says that Paul opposed the war in Afghanistan and any retaliation for 9/11, “pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of [9/11] memorial expressions” and privately questioned whether 9/11 was an inside job. Ron Paul has repeatedly denied that he believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories, but in an interview in October, he was asked why he wouldn’t talk about the “truth” behind 9/11. He responded that he “just can’t handle the controversy.”
Rep. Ron Paul can state that he’s a friend to Israel all he wants, but the published record stands. He views Israel as the catalyst for 9/11, defends Iran’s innocence, parrots the anti-Israeli propaganda of Hamas, and upholds an anti-Zionist organization that views Israel as an oppressive, illegitimate state. That is not a friend. source – Free Republic
Ron Paul narrowly lost the Iowa straw poll last week to Michele Bachmann by a few hundred votes. He spent a fraction that Bachmann spent on advertising and campaigning throughout Iowa. You would never know that seeing as how many in the media are already writing him off as an illegitimate candidate. Like Rodney Dangerfield, Mr. Paul doesn’t get any respect, despite being immensely popular and performing well in the Iowa straw poll and the CPAC straw poll two years in a row. Despite developing a solid foundation of support, which has grown consistently stronger over the last few years, few in the media are taking his campaign seriously. Like it or not, Ron Paul is proving that he is here to stay and will be a solid fixture in the race for the GOP nomination.
The basis for Ron Paul’s appeal is his message, which is unique and consistent, something few other politicians can say. It doesn’t matter if Paul is on MSNBC or Fox News; it doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat or Republican, Ron Paul never flip-flops and doesn’t sugar coat his message to appease the masses. Paul often found himself at odds with his own party over several issues such as the war in Iraq and spending. (FYI Mr. Paul was against the Iraq war from the start and voted against it, something many Democrats who ran against the war a few years ago can’t say such as Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and John Kerry.) Paul has also spoken out and voted against military aid to nations such as Egypt, Israel, and Pakistan. Along with that, he has long been an advocate of closing military bases throughout the world and bringing all our troops home to save money, an idea that once was unthinkable, but is now plausible.
Another reason Ron Paul is so appealing is his foresight, because if you look at his record, he has been sounding the alarm about our dangerous level of spending for over a decade. Throughout the years, Paul has put his money where his mouth is on spending, voicing his support for a balanced budget amendment as far back as 2000. He voted against the bogus bailout packages that GM and Chrysler got that will end up costing the tax payers billions of dollars when all is said and done. Paul is a strong conservative who has a strong record of fighting for less government and more personal freedoms.
The mainstream media can try to ignore Ron Paul all they want, but he isn’t going anywhere anytime fast. Even if he doesn’t get the GOP nod, he will be a strong candidate for the presidency even if he has to run as an independent. I’m not saying that Ron Paul is going to be the next president; what I am saying is that Ron Paul is a serious contender and is here to stay, whether those in the media like it or not. By: Tom O’Brien
My take: Thank you Tom O’Brien for that eloquent reminder that Ron Paul is here to stay. What is not covered in this piece is the facts about Paul’s refusal to name Shari’a a threat to the United States Constitution. Shari’a Law is the theo-political arm of Islam. Without it Islam ceases to be Islam. You can’t have one without the other. For those who don’t know what Shari’a Law is, it is according to Islamic followers the laws that govern the Islamic people. It is above man’s laws. Many Imams have publicly said the goal of Shari’a Law in America is to over come the U.S Constitution in the United States. If you don’t think it can happen just look at the UK. Everything that is happening in London, France, Norway, the Netherlands… and now it’s coming here too. I need a president who sees that impending danger as well as all the other dangers. Islamist claim since it is above man’s made laws it is superior and that no Muslim will follow the U.S Constitution above Shari’a Law. Shari’a Law is what is practiced in Iran. You know the cutting off of hands when you are caught stealing, the stoning of women who are raped because it is her responsibility to cover her whole body since the male species has no control over his body, the honor killings…laws like that. I don’t know about you but Ron Paul does well to take a second look at that. If he is the Constitutionalist he says he is he should see the threat,, but he does not. He has famously said “we are not at war with Islam” Mr. Paul we may not be at war with Islam but they are at war with us; to ignore their own words is to ignore that fact, and to ignore that fact is to revert back to the policies in place on Sept 11,2001 when we were attacked by Saudi men on behalf of Allah. BY their own admission they did it for Allah and for the sake of Islam. On Aug 16,2011 while on Ron Paul on Fox News Ron Paul said if Iran got a nuke and fired it on Israel “the United States should do nothing.” That’s right. According to Ron Paul the U.S should do nothing to support our only ally in the Middle East. If Israel is gone that would mean the U.S would cease to have a friend in that region. If you think gas is expensive now wait until a President Ron Paul is in office. That is not even good economic sense. It is really too bad because I like Ron Paul on so many issues; for example his position on the border is right. His position on auditing the Fed is spot on, on debt, on even the war in Iraq was right. He had the foresight to see what many would not or could not see, but on this one issue he is so wrong . I can not defend his position, and I can not support him for president in 2012.
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Barney and Ron’s not-so-excellent adventure
For all of you deluded people who view Ron Paul as your political “savior”, I hope this will be a serious jolt of reality for you. Here we have Paul, combining with ultra-far-left-Liberal Barney Frank, to legalize a very dangerous drug. Just the fact that he would work with Barney Frank on anything should be enough to show you the truth of who this fraud is. Ron Paul is a very dangerous person with a secret New World Order agenda that barely conceals, among other things, his disdain for Israel and his support for the Ground Zero mosque.
“A group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday. The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.
The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.
Sixteen of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
But planting, selling or commercially distributing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Last year, California citizens voted not to legalize recreational marijuana use, although the debate continues in about half a dozen other states.
Three weeks ago a group of ex-presidents of Latin America as well as former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan denounced the failure of the global war on drugs and called for urgent changes, including the legalization of cannabis.
Between 1998 and 2008, worldwide consumption of opiates increased 35 percent, with cocaine use growing 27 percent and marijuana use growing 8.5 percent, according to the Global Commission on Drug Policy. June marks the 40th anniversary of the “War on Drugs” launched by President Richard Nixon in 1970, the first major US anti-drug initiative. source – Yahoo