Ron Paul, blithering idiot
Listen to him tell Don Imus that Israel is keeping food from entering Gaza, that Gaza is “almost like a concentration camp,” and that Israel has no right to keep weapons from Hamas because “Hamas is an elected government.” Let’s not bother replying to Paul’s first two points, which everyone with an ounce of intelligence knows by now are blatantly false. But with regard to his last point,
Finally: that voice of his! Egad. He sounds like some broken-down snake oil salesman in a woebegone frontier town. And this repulsive character is virtually an object of worship to his followers, who in 2008 were fanatically eager to see him elected president. For months they swirled around my head like mosquitoes, refusing to take no for an answer.
Just one minor correction:LA replies:
What happened was, Hamas won the election for control of the P.A. parliament, not the government, but the legislature—an election in which the Bush administration, believing in democracy, insisted they be included, and Israel obeyed (another example of the Israeli intransigence the anti-Israel paleocons are always telling us about). As a result of that victory, Hamas began to feel their oats, and shortly afterward launched a small scale civil war for the direct control of Gaza.June 14
Alexis Zarkov writes:
Ron Paul seems unaware that Egypt gets a tremendous amount of U.S. military aid (it might be the second largest), and like Israel, it blockades Gaza. Launch Google Earth and do a flyover to the Egypt-Gaza border, and you can see the border is sealed off. One has to ask: why does Egypt get no criticism from Paul or anyone else for doing exactly what Israel does? I don’t think Ron Paul is anti-Semitic; he’s just stupid. He also repeats the old canard about the CIA deposing Prime Minister Mosaddegh thereby ending democracy in Iran. The overthrow of Mosaddegh was more in the nature of a counter coup because the constitutional monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, was forced to flee. When the Shah was reinstated the government of Iran did not change; it remained a multi-party democracy. However 20 years later, the Shah became an autocrat outlawing all opposition parties. The left skips over the time gap, and falsely portrays the CIA backed counter-coup as an anti-democratic act. All this and much else escapes Ron Paul.James P. writes:
Here, in 2002, Ron Paul scoffed at the idea of bringing democracy to the Middle East, and particularly to Iraq. Here, in 2007, he stated that democracy in the Middle East was not in America’s interest, because free elections would bring to power people who hate America:LA replies:
Very good. I would add to that and say: He wants to fetishize Hamas-ruled Gaza as a “democracy” which, because it is a democracy, is inherently peaceful and lawful, and from which, because it is a “democracy,” Israel has no right to keep weapons. Therefore Israel’s blockade of Gaza is by definition a criminal act.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 13, 2010 02:20 PM | Send