Although outvoted last year in the House by a vote of 404-1 on the Gaza situation, Ron Paul declared America’s tacit blessing for other nations to start violenct preemptive wars as intolerable. I agreed in an article on Kosovo where our embassy was attacked. But did you know some Israeli IDF soldiers agree with us?
It is amazing how much difference a year makes. Besides thanking the 100,000 readerships for helping me shake off some serious cobwebs out, the key person I need to thank is Dr. Ron Paul. Shortly following one of my first articles, where in prophetic terms, I threw up my hands and concluded that Kosovo was just a “real MESS,” Congressman Paul had the sole nay, as he so often has done, in House Resolution 951, which was a condemnation of “Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.”
In March 2008 he said:
“As one who is consistently against war and violence, I obviously do not support the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian populations. I believe it is appalling that Palestinians are firing rockets that harm innocent Israelis, just as I believe it is appalling that Israel fires missiles into Palestinian areas where children and other non-combatants are killed and injured.
“Unfortunately, legislation such as this is more likely to perpetuate violence in the Middle East than contribute to its abatement. It is our continued involvement and intervention particularly when it appears to be one-sided that reduces the incentive for opposing sides to reach a lasting peace agreement.”
Well, as most are aware, Israel, under the cover of darkness, began a land assault into Gaza yesterday.
Dr. Paul discusses the invasion of Gaza on January 3, 2009 and its implications for America (6:42):
“Even though Israel did the invading of Gaza, we, the United States, will be blamed for it. And there is some truth to this because Israel depends on us. They depend on us economically; they depend on us for their military power and all their weapons. And they really got a green light from our administration. We have not said one word about the plan to go in, the plan has been there for a few weeks and everybody knew it was going to happen. So we are participants. It just means that we have just antagonized the Muslim-Arab world even more so than ever before and unfortunately we will suffer the consequences from this.
“But there is no benefit for us to be involved in this fight over there. This thing is an entire mess. The Palestinians are virtually in like a concentration camp. They have a few small missiles but it’s so minor compared to the firepower of Israel who has nuclear weapons. They can turn off all the food, all the water, they can do whatever they want to the people of Palestine. And yet, we are going to have to accept some of the moral responsibility for this.”
Congressman Paul then goes on to discuss Iran, Syria, and returns to that other powderkeg, our economic crisis. Dr. Paul predicts that 2009 will be marked by the reluctance of parties to buy new Treasury debt and eventual inflation.
However, I wonder if Ron Paul knew about the 550 members of Courage to Refuse? These are Israeli members in the IDF who by their statement here have refused to take part in aggressive military actions into the settlement and non-Israel area, claiming no part in oppression or occupation. [Note that this site is under heavy hacker attack, so some links may not work, but I have taken it as genuine since other organizations like If Americans Knew refer to Courage to Refuse.]
I wonder if Ron Paul saw this 60 Minutes special (Part 1 & 2) where they claim that there is an internal power struggle occurring between the orthodox fundamentalist Jews and the secular Jews. Strange, eh? Looks like democracy (rule by the many) at work! Perhaps a constitutional republic similar to that of the Constitution of the United States would work for the Israelis?
We can even give our Constitution to Israel to try for a little while; we don’t seem to be using it much.
Jake is also a contributor to The Nolan Chart.