[Marxism] Ron Paul: Moving Toward War in Syria

stansfield smith stansfieldsmith at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 8 08:36:21 MDT 2012

Moving Toward War in Syria 

By Rep. Ron Paul 

August 07, 2012 
"Information Clearing House" ---- Last week the House passed yet another bill 
placing sanctions on Iran and Syria, bringing us closer to another war in the 
Middle East. We are told that ever harsher sanctions finally will force the 
targeted nations to bend to our will. Yet the ineffectiveness of previous 
sanctions teaches us nothing; in truth sanctions lead to war more than they 
prevent war.

Until last year, Libyan sanctions were touted as a great 
success story. The regime would change its behavior. Yet NATO bombed the country 

Last week we learned that President Obama signed an intelligence 
“finding” directing the CIA to covertly assist rebels in Syria. The 
administration seems determined to fight yet another war in Syria that has 
nothing to do with American national interests.

We already know that a 
similar “finding” was signed under the latest Bush administration directing US 
intelligence to undermine the Iranian government and promote regime change 
there. Neoconservatives have long demanded that we overthrow the Syrian 
government before moving on to war against Iran. This bellicosity continues 
regardless of which party is in the White House.

In Syria we see once 
again we see how our interventionist policies backfire and make us less secure. 
Recent news reports point to ties between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaeda 
(and other extremist groups). A recent article in the Guardian, a British 
newspaper, exclaimed that, “Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern 
Syria.” The article quotes an al-Qaeda leader in Syria saying that he meets with 
the main US-backed Syrian rebel organization, the Free Syrian Army, “almost 
every day.” So by promoting civil war in Syria we end up fueling 

According to another recent press report, German intelligence 
services estimate that nearly 100 terrorist attacks have been committed by 
al-Qaeda or related organizations in Syria over the past six months. Last month 
a suicide bomber in Syria killed a defense minister and several top government 
officials. The US government, which has been fighting a “War on Terror” for more 
than a decade now, refused to condemn that act of terrorism.

This raises 
the question of whether the US administration is supporting the same people in 
Syria that we have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Secretary of State 
Hillary Clinton expressed these same concerns earlier this year when asked 
whether the US has been reluctant to arm the Syrian rebels. She answered, “To 
whom are you delivering them? We know al-Qaida. Zawahiri is supporting the 
opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al-Qaida in Syria?”

That is a very 
good question. It clearly demonstrates that the United States has no business at 
all being involved in the Syrian civil war. In the 1980s we supported a 
resistance movement in Afghanistan that later gave birth to elements of al-Qaeda 
and the Taliban. When will we learn our lesson and stop intervening in conflicts 
we don’t truly understand, conflicts that have nothing to do with American 
national interests?

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