In Ron Paul’s latest Liberty Report speech, the former congressman reminded his viewers that fear is never the best policy.
As Washington D.C. wages a war against a sham enemy known as “radical Islam,” Paul said, Americans fall prey to the politics of fear, allowing the US government to strip them of their liberties as officials claim to fight a “great war for survival.”
“We’re to believe,” Paul explained “that the ugly and vicious violence of a very small percentage of the 1.7 billion Muslims around the world, without an army, navy, or air force, is on the verge of engulfing America and Western civilization.”
Since the purported enemy stands opposed to our values, we’re urged to fight their frail influence in the name of the Western concept of Christianity, liberty, and free markets. Yet the same politicians that tell us we should support the US efforts against “radical Islam” are the ones fighting against free markets at home.
Ron Paul continued:
“One cannot deny that a group exists that associates itself with Islam and preaches violence in combination with extreme religious beliefs. Al Qaeda and ISIS do exist. Claiming that they alone are responsible for the great ‘clash’ is purposely misleading. That misunderstanding is required by Western propagandists to gain public support for their wars in the Middle East, and for a continuation of the American Empire. Unfortunately, so far it has worked pretty well.”
To Paul, fear as a policy serves only to strengthen the government’s monopoly. Keeping Americans afraid of what radical Islam could do to their way of living puts them in a vulnerable spot, forcing them to go to government to ask bureaucrats for more security.
“Exaggerations and propping up groups who falsely claim to represent 99 percent of Muslims, serves the interests of those in the West who want the clash of civilizations for their own selfish purposes. Current US and Western support for ISIS in Syria, even though it’s denied, is designed to remove Assad. This policy is in the tradition of our foreign policy of recent decades.”
Those who promote wars, Paul reminded his audience, are often quick to seize any available opportunity to gain the support of the people. This vicious cycle allows illegal, preemptive wars to take place, creating more friction and hatred in the Middle East against America.
This monopolistic and authoritarian approach makes us all less safe as a result.
“If what is said by the neoconservatives about Islam is true, nuking Indonesia would seem logical. Two hundred and three million Muslims could be wiped out rather quickly. What many fail to admit is that ISIS deliberately manipulates Islam to inspire violence by some, which helps them gain recruits for their cause. This is not a reflection of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. It’s like claiming that the KKK represents sound Christian theology. Many evangelical Christians support preemptive war in the Middle East, but that doesn’t mean that Christians must give up the notion that, as Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers.’”
To know how both sides of this “clash of civilizations” benefit from the current politics of fear, watch Paul’s special report below.
Originally published here.