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Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were “defensive” because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared “de-confliction” zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway.

The US is training yet another rebel group fighting from that base, located near the border of Iraq at al-Tanf, and it claims that Syrian government forces pose a threat to the US military presence there. But the Pentagon has forgotten one thing: it has no authority to be in Syria in the first place! Neither the US Congress nor the UN Security Council has authorized a US military presence inside Syria.

So what gives the Trump Administration the right to set up military bases on foreign soil without the permission of that government? Why are we violating the sovereignty of Syria and attacking its military as they are fighting ISIS? Why does Washington claim that its primary mission in Syria is to defeat ISIS while taking military actions that benefit ISIS?

The Pentagon issued a statement saying its presence in Syria is necessary because the Syrian government is not strong enough to defeat ISIS on its own. But the “de-escalation zones” agreed upon by the Syrians, Russians, Iranians, and Turks have led to a reduction in fighting and a possible end to the six-year war. Even if true that the Syrian military is weakened, its weakness is due to six years of US-sponsored rebels fighting to overthrow it!

What is this really all about? Why does the US military occupy this base inside Syria? It’s partly about preventing the Syrians and Iraqis from working together to fight ISIS, but I think it’s mostly about Iran. If the Syrians and Iraqis join up to fight ISIS with the help of Iranian-allied Shia militia, the US believes it will strengthen Iran’s hand in the region. President Trump has recently returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia where he swore he would not allow that to happen.

But is this policy really in our interest, or are we just doing the bidding of our Middle East “allies,” who seem desperate for war with Iran? Saudi Arabia exports its radical form of Islam worldwide, including recently into moderate Asian Muslim countries like Indonesia. Iran does not. That is not to say that Iran is perfect, but does it make any sense to jump into the Sunni/Shia conflict on either side? The Syrians, along with their Russian and Iranian allies, are defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda. As candidate Trump said, what’s so bad about that?

We were told that if the Syrian government was allowed to liberate Aleppo from al-Qaeda, Assad would kill thousands who were trapped there. But the opposite has happened: life is returning to normal in Aleppo. The Christian minority there celebrated Easter for the first time in several years. They are rebuilding. Can’t we finally just leave the Syrians alone?

When you get to the point where your actions are actually helping ISIS, whether intended or not, perhaps it’s time to stop. It’s past time for the US to abandon its dangerous and counterproductive Syria policy and just bring the troops home.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. tomgreg says:

    Right on, Ron!

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  2. schmenz says:

    Why? Because of Israel.

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  3. MEexpert says:

    When you get to the point where your actions are actually helping ISIS, whether intended or not, perhaps it’s time to stop. It’s past time for the US to abandon its dangerous and counterproductive Syria policy and just bring the troops home.

    Helping ISIS is intentional. The US (CIA) created ISIS, was nurtured by Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. This coalition cannot afford for ISIS to lose.

    I think the US government has gone mad. There is no Syria policy. As a matter of fact, there is no policy to fight terrorism. You cannot fight terrorism while at the same time feeding it. The administration and the congress are controlled by Israel. They will have no feel for what is good for America as long as the Israeli/Jewish money keeps pouring into their coffers.

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  4. Hi Ron, we’re in the business of war, anyone who tries to introduce an antidote against our venom is our enemy. Chaos and mayhem has become path chosen by our master. What choice does a sheep, or a slave has?

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  5. Syria is allied with Iran to stop Israeli expansion and colonization in the middle east.

    Syria is a another stepping stone for a pre-planned US-Saudi-Israeli invasion on Iran.

    The US invasions on Iraq and Afghanistan were also stepping stones for a US attack on Iran.

    Iraq and Afghanistan both surround Iran’s immediate borders, and the US has installed puppet regimes in each nation. Syria is destined for the same thing, another pro-US puppet regime.

    Regime change in Iran has always been a neocon and Zionist goal.

    Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded first by the US because of their proximity to Iran, which is a very valuable tactical position for preventing any Iranian missiles from hitting Israel.

    Iran is considered Israel’s greatest enemy because of Iran’s often effective use of Hezbollah and other resources to stop Israeli predations.

    ISIS is a US-Saudi-Israeli supported terrorist group used to de-stabilize stepping stone nations like Syria in preparation for a US-Saudi-Israeli invasion of Iran.

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    If that happens it will be mutually assured destruction. I read once many years back a comment from an iranian on an online forum. The following are his words which i am para-phrasing as his words were laced with abusive words too which i am not mentioning here. '' If iran is invaded or financially collapsed like jews did to germany of 1920's. It will only do one thing. It will send all willing iranians and there are millions of them (it will give them guns or knives, use fake passports and to travel use refugee boats or travel through other means.....to all places in the world where jews are and shoot/stab them to death!''. It was shocking.

    Seems like they will make it their lives mission to scope out jews everywhere and kill them.

    Thats why they should make peace...iran and israel. There is enough blood-shed in the world already. Iran really should stop those kinds of comments against israel for that to happen as jews can also scope out iranians. And yet that wont stop iranians from scoping jews out, and that wont stop jews from scoping iranians out. So both will scope out and destroy each other ultimately....if they collide.

    Why is iran making comments like that? F*ck the palestinians and they should care about their country first.
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  6. KenH says:

    Why does Washington claim that its primary mission in Syria is to defeat ISIS while taking military actions that benefit ISIS?

    When Trump and the pentagon announced we would be setting up a base in Syria (illegally I might add) ostensibly to fight ISIS, I knew there was more to the story. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that every time Assad’s forces make progress against ISIS and Al Nusra that we find a flimsy pretext to attack them and give the Wahabbi terrorists the tactical initiative.

    Then when Assad’s forces are stymied by U.S. actions we plant fake stories that Assad really doesn’t want to defeat the terrorists and that he is using them as political pawns which is totally counterintuitive. Then certain conservative bloggers and talk show hosts regurgitate this talking point in their analyses.

    But since ISIS never, ever attacks or threatens Israel and the Israelis have said they prefer the bad guys not backed by Iran (which would be ISIS and like groups) it should be obvious which nation is the string puller behind it all. This isn’t happening in a vacuum and Israel is not an innocent bystander and a “partner in the war on terror”.

    Of course, Ron Paul always stops short of acknowledging this.

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  7. Because the Sunni have made their peace with Israel, but the Shia have not.

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    I think they should too. They have nothing on which to hate israel for.
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  8. Ron Paul who has a first class intellect knows perfectly why ” We are we Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?”.

    And the answer is not because “we are just doing the bidding of our Middle East “allies,” who seem desperate for war with Iran. “.

    Saudi Arabia does what is told. Like the USA. And the country that gives order is the one Ron Paul, doesn’t date to mention.

    Maybe silence is the price Dr Paul must pay to educate the american people.
    But how can you educate the people if you don’t dare to tell them the truth ?

    But if you tell the truth, your reputation will be destroyed because you will be accused of worst crime than being a mass murder, a peadophile , a rapist…

    Maybe is better not to tell the truth and pretend that Saudi Arabia is calling the shots.

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    • Replies: @DessertBunny
    Ron's question is rhetorical. The answer is obvious, and anyone who knows Ron's views knows his answer.

    He's been telling the American public the truth since his days in Congress going back 40+ years and the years that he ran for president as a Libertarian and subsequently as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.
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  9. Ron Paul who has a first class intellect knows perfectly why ” We are we Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?”.

    And the answer is not because “we are just doing the bidding of our Middle East “allies,” who seem desperate for war with Iran. “.

    Saudi Arabia does what is told. Like the USA. And the country that gives order is the one Ron Paul, doesn’t date to mention.

    Maybe silence is the price Dr Paul must pay to educate the american people.
    But how can you educate the people if you don’t dare to tell them the truth ?

    But if you tell the truth, your reputation will be destroyed because you will be accused of worst crime than being a mass murder, a peadophile , a rapist…

    Maybe is better not to tell the truth and pretend that Saudi Arabia is calling the shots.

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  10. Kyle McKenna [AKA "Mika-Non"] says:

    Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?

    The CIA and Israel have co-operated every step of the way in destabilising Syria, Iraq, and any other country which dares to look sideways at Israel or its partisans. America exists to serve its Ruling Class, and no one else. Its Ruling Class exists to serve itself, and to enslave everyone else.

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  11. @John Brown
    Ron Paul who has a first class intellect knows perfectly why " We are we Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?".

    And the answer is not because "we are just doing the bidding of our Middle East “allies,” who seem desperate for war with Iran. ".

    Saudi Arabia does what is told. Like the USA. And the country that gives order is the one Ron Paul, doesn't date to mention.

    Maybe silence is the price Dr Paul must pay to educate the american people.
    But how can you educate the people if you don't dare to tell them the truth ?

    But if you tell the truth, your reputation will be destroyed because you will be accused of worst crime than being a mass murder, a peadophile , a rapist...

    Maybe is better not to tell the truth and pretend that Saudi Arabia is calling the shots.

    Ron’s question is rhetorical. The answer is obvious, and anyone who knows Ron’s views knows his answer.

    He’s been telling the American public the truth since his days in Congress going back 40+ years and the years that he ran for president as a Libertarian and subsequently as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

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    Maybe we can then conclude that it is worthless to tell the American people the truth because in a democracy you will always have 51% willing to follow criminals and liars in the name of "security"," patriotism", "democracy"," peace"...whatever.

    And people will always vote for the demagogues even when you have a moral being as Dr Paul as a candidate.

    Dr Paul said somewhere that ".... what it means to be great must be defined first by morality ".

    That is the problem, isn't it ? The moral standard of the ordinary american isn't different of the criminals who govern America and no amount of true telling will change this fact.
    The revolution -moral revolution - is an individual one.
    But it's true that listening to Dr Paul, reading him can hep some Americans to do their own moral revolution.

    Thank you DessertBunny for your reply. Discovered Dr Paul just recently. A Great man. A decent man. Before I used to read a lot a fraud called Noam Chomsky, who was sold by "the propaganda of the record" as the most important intellectual alive.
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  12. @DessertBunny
    Ron's question is rhetorical. The answer is obvious, and anyone who knows Ron's views knows his answer.

    He's been telling the American public the truth since his days in Congress going back 40+ years and the years that he ran for president as a Libertarian and subsequently as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

    Maybe we can then conclude that it is worthless to tell the American people the truth because in a democracy you will always have 51% willing to follow criminals and liars in the name of “security”,” patriotism”, “democracy”,” peace”…whatever.

    And people will always vote for the demagogues even when you have a moral being as Dr Paul as a candidate.

    Dr Paul said somewhere that “…. what it means to be great must be defined first by morality “.

    That is the problem, isn’t it ? The moral standard of the ordinary american isn’t different of the criminals who govern America and no amount of true telling will change this fact.
    The revolution -moral revolution – is an individual one.
    But it’s true that listening to Dr Paul, reading him can hep some Americans to do their own moral revolution.

    Thank you DessertBunny for your reply. Discovered Dr Paul just recently. A Great man. A decent man. Before I used to read a lot a fraud called Noam Chomsky, who was sold by “the propaganda of the record” as the most important intellectual alive.

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  13. K says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Because the Sunni have made their peace with Israel, but the Shia have not.

    I think they should too. They have nothing on which to hate israel for.

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  14. K says:
    @Joe Franklin
    Syria is allied with Iran to stop Israeli expansion and colonization in the middle east.

    Syria is a another stepping stone for a pre-planned US-Saudi-Israeli invasion on Iran.

    The US invasions on Iraq and Afghanistan were also stepping stones for a US attack on Iran.

    Iraq and Afghanistan both surround Iran's immediate borders, and the US has installed puppet regimes in each nation. Syria is destined for the same thing, another pro-US puppet regime.

    Regime change in Iran has always been a neocon and Zionist goal.

    Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded first by the US because of their proximity to Iran, which is a very valuable tactical position for preventing any Iranian missiles from hitting Israel.

    Iran is considered Israel's greatest enemy because of Iran's often effective use of Hezbollah and other resources to stop Israeli predations.

    ISIS is a US-Saudi-Israeli supported terrorist group used to de-stabilize stepping stone nations like Syria in preparation for a US-Saudi-Israeli invasion of Iran.

    If that happens it will be mutually assured destruction. I read once many years back a comment from an iranian on an online forum. The following are his words which i am para-phrasing as his words were laced with abusive words too which i am not mentioning here. ” If iran is invaded or financially collapsed like jews did to germany of 1920′s. It will only do one thing. It will send all willing iranians and there are millions of them (it will give them guns or knives, use fake passports and to travel use refugee boats or travel through other means…..to all places in the world where jews are and shoot/stab them to death!”. It was shocking.

    Seems like they will make it their lives mission to scope out jews everywhere and kill them.

    Thats why they should make peace…iran and israel. There is enough blood-shed in the world already. Iran really should stop those kinds of comments against israel for that to happen as jews can also scope out iranians. And yet that wont stop iranians from scoping jews out, and that wont stop jews from scoping iranians out. So both will scope out and destroy each other ultimately….if they collide.

    Why is iran making comments like that? F*ck the palestinians and they should care about their country first.

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