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When we think about terrorism we most often think about the horrors of a Manchester-like attack, where a radicalized suicide bomber went into a concert hall and killed dozens of innocent civilians. It was an inexcusable act of savagery and it certainly did terrorize the population.

What is less considered are attacks that leave far more civilians dead, happen nearly daily instead of rarely, and produce a constant feeling of terror and dread. These are the civilians on the receiving end of US and allied bombs in places like Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.

Last week alone, US and “coalition” attacks on Syria left more than 200 civilians dead and many hundreds more injured. In fact, even though US intervention in Syria was supposed to protect the population from government attacks, US-led air strikes have killed more civilians over the past month than air strikes of the Assad government. That is like a doctor killing his patient to save him.

Do we really believe we are fighting terrorism by terrorizing innocent civilians overseas? How long until we accept that “collateral damage” is just another word for “murder”?

The one so-called success of the recent G7 summit in Sicily was a general agreement to join together to “fight terrorism.” Have we not been in a “war on terrorism” for the past 16 years? What this really means is more surveillance of innocent civilians, a crackdown on free speech and the Internet, and many more bombs dropped overseas. Will doing more of what we have been doing do the trick? Hardly! After 16 years fighting terrorism, it is even worse than before we started. This can hardly be considered success.

They claim that more government surveillance will keep us safe. But the UK is already the most intrusive surveillance state in the western world. The Manchester bomber was surely on the radar screen. According to press reports, he was known to the British intelligence services, he had traveled and possibly trained in bomb-making in Libya and Syria, his family members warned the authorities that he was dangerous, and he even flew terrorist flags over his house. What more did he need to do to signal that he may be a problem? Yet somehow even in Orwellian UK, the authorities missed all the clues.

But it is even worse than that. The British government actually granted permission for its citizens of Libyan background to travel to Libya and fight alongside al-Qaeda to overthrow Gaddafi. After months of battle and indoctrination, it then welcomed these radicalized citizens back to the UK. And we are supposed to be surprised and shocked that they attack?

The real problem is that both Washington and London are more interested in regime change overseas than any blowback that might come to the rest of us back home. They just do not care about the price we pay for their foreign policy actions. No grand announcement of new resolve to “fight terrorism” can be successful unless we understand what really causes terrorism. They do not hate us because we are rich and free. They hate us because we are over there, bombing them.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Middle East, Terrorism 
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  1. GET LOUDER Ron…it is what it is.They might be right?
    If they’re wrong…may be we ne ed the help.Let’s move.
    The time is alwaze now…

  2. Renoman says:

    We are all just tiny worthless pawns in their money making scheme, the Globalist Elite must be stopped.

  3. They do not hate us because we are rich and free. They hate us because we are over there, bombing them.

    There is also the problem that their culture is disintegrating in the face of “modernity” and overcrowding (as is ours), and they blame us for that.

    There is no answer but survival Some will, some won’t.

    • Replies: @truthtellerAryan
  4. MarkinLA says:

    Wouldn’t the best most costs effective way of defeating ISIS be to have the CIA stop funding them?

  5. Conatus says:

    I could not agree more, As a nobody, when the talking head on the news says”We are fighting terrorism with our brave troops and our superior intelligence services,” I can stand up and purple-faced, near stroking out levels and shout at the TV, “We can only stop terrorism when we stop being Israel’s bitch!”
    Amazingly no one ever listens.
    After destabilizing all the major threats to Israel in the middle east, starting with Iraq, then Libya and Syria, all that is left is Iran.
    Can we leave then?

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  6. I think Ron Paul’s heart is in the right place but he is looking in the wrong direction. The only way I can make sense of the scene is that we have a society which is basically split into ruling classes and the rest.
    The ruling classes know their history relatively well, and know that a good many times in the past, the ruled have revolted, overthrown their rulers, and treated them more or less roughly. They do not wamt it to happen to themselves. Hence they want private armies (aka “Security Companies” such as G4S, Blackwater (or whatever is is called now)) gated communities and secure condominia. This however is not enough, they also need money; and arms are, it seems, always saleable, provided there is trouble. So, buy shares in arms companies, set the CIA and the like onto causing trouble and the arms sales go up. Then the ‘Security’ services also need money, so stage a few “Terrorist Outrages” and you can achieve several worthwhile objective at one stroke. One can increase the level of surveillance, one can get more funding from the population for “Security”, one can get more money for fighting terrorist overseas and best of all onne can remove legal protection and civil rights from the population all with hardly a squeak of protest! On top of all that, if anyone does protest, one can accuse them of “being soft on Terrorism”! (Cf Jeremy Corbyn.) which, with a scared population should mean political death to the accused.

    The ruling classes’ apparent paranoia maybe based on more information than is available to me or perhaps the Secret services feed them false information as a way of keeping the funds flowing in.

  7. MEexpert says:

    After destabilizing all the major threats to Israel in the middle east, starting with Iraq, then Libya and Syria, all that is left is Iran.
    Can we leave then?

    Of course not. We will have to stay to rebuild those nations.

  8. Hi Mr Paul, well said, their lives have little or no value, we’re fighting to keep Israel safe, our arms industry profitable and make better weopons, and test them to see if they actually kill and destroy. Testing them to see if they work and will do the job as intended is not enough. Sell the ones we don’t need to the very victims we are killing. They have a lot of money and a lot to fear from their own people. We scare them and they buy. They even pay us for killing their own people.
    Oh, they are also immune to grief, being sub-human….
    And we’re surprised when a few them, react as they do. They should know their place, we are killing them because they are terrorists, and thats a great favor to them.
    But the real reason for our involvement in this slow genocide is to satisfy our neocommunists, AIPAC, and all the Zionists that want it all.

  9. @another fred

    Hi another fred, you’re wrong here, no one likes being murdered, their country and their homes destroyed just because they worship differently. This conflict is all about this simple fact, no one hates us, we are the ones (those in power and their shepherd) that hate them, and our Manufactured Scripted Media is the conveyer of this lie that drive us to commit these crimes in the name of “they hate us”. They definitely hate our hypocritical policy towards them, we shout democracy but support dictators

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