The latest statement from Ron Paul says we may well share some blame for 9/11 because we are too anti-Islam and have identified with the Neocons and their stand in the Middle East. This is the same Ron Paul who has called for the disestablishment of the CIA and all American foreign intelligence systems. He is getting more like Lyndon Larouche every day. And to stand with him, paleos have to decide if they want to be weird cult followers or thoughtful conservatives.
Said Paul in a formal statement: “It has been said `Nero fiddled while Rome burned.’ Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are `fiddling while the economy burns.’
“The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1stamendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.
“Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be `sensitive’ requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from `ground zero.’
“Just think of what might (not) have happened if the whole issue had been ignored and the national debate stuck with war, peace and prosperity. There certainly would have been a lot less emotionalism on both sides. The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate raises the question of just why and drive by whom?
“In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
“They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill-conceived preventative wars”
This harkens back to the Iman Rauf statement that indicates U.S. foreign policy invited the attack:
“If it became known that 9/11 resulted in part from a desire to retaliate against what many Muslims saw as American aggression and occupation, the need to denounce Islam, need to denounce Islam would be difficult if not impossible.
“There is no doubt that a small portion of radical, angry Islamists do want to kill us but the question remains: What exactly motivates this hatred?
“If Islam is further discredited by making the building of the mosque the issue, then the false justification for our wars in the Middle East will continue to be acceptable.”
The Ron Paul statement is in direct contrast to the statement of his son Rand Paul, the Republican nominee from Kentucky who opposes the mosque being built near Ground Zero. It’s time Republicans denounce the nutty Ron Paul for what he is: a crackpot and an unwitting ally of Islamic extremism. When are the voters of the 14th district of Texas going to resolve to rejoin the Union by defeating this crazy coot who is running for his…get this…11th full term? So much for fighting careerism in politics!
Ah but old Ron and his kid Rand aren’t the only contradictory elements emanating from the controversy. Our senior U. S. senator Dick Durbin has endorsed building of the mosque and then attacked “politicians like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who try to divide America with fear and hate over this issue…” He said they “betray the diversity which makes our nation great and the Constitution which they profess to honor.”
Strange, isn’t it, that The Dick didn’t mention Harry Reid, the majority leader of the Senate who opposes building of the Mosque and who Durbin wishes to succeed…meaning “I hope nothing bad happens to Harry Reid like losing in Nevada which will open up the job for me.”
*: St. Bartholomew [1st Century]. One of the original apostles—but the question is: Was he Bartholomew or Nathaniel? The Synoptic gospels speak of Bartholomew but John calls him Nathaniel. The two are considered the same man by current biblical scholars. Pantenus of Alexandria is said to have found in India during the second half of the 2nd century the gospel of Matthew written in Hebrew and reportedly left behind by Bartholomew. He is attributed by most scholars to have evangelized in India and Armenia where he is said to have been flayed alive before being beheaded at Derbend on the Caspian Sea.