View Full Version : Foreign Policy: Invalidating Attacks that Paul "Blames America for 9-11"

01-11-2012, 05:23 PM
It's time we finally put to bed the slurs that accuse Dr. Paul of "blaming America(ns) for 9-11." This attack on Paul's character is, among other things, dishonest and abhorrent and must cast shame on anyone attempting its use. Paul's position has been misrepresented to suggest, without being stated, that the attacks on 9-11 were justified.
Many claim to be outraged by Ron Paul's [and many others] position on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy [intervention & occupation] and the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Ron Paul's Position:
Ron Paul asserts that there is a direct link between U.S. foreign policy and anti-American sentiment in the Middle East region. Aversion spawned in part from aggressive foreign intervention and occupation by the U.S. military has manifested "blow back."

Opposing Position: (Islamofascist Jihad)
Many on the right berate Dr. Paul for using explanations given by the individual terrorists responsible for the attack. The basis of this offense being that it is somehow treacherous and extraneous to cite direct sources on the motives of those responsible for planning and carrying out the attack.
Opponents of Paul's position categorically assert a belief that the 9-11 attacks, along with all other acts of violence by radical Muslims, are in the name of Jihad. In other words, radical Muslims around the globe are conspiring to take over the world in order that a global caliphate is installed. This argument is furthered by claiming that the U.S. is the prime target of Jihadists because of our Western way of life, our abundantly free and prosperous society. This argument takes many forms with little consistency but you get the gist.

Now, using the same logic employed by opponents to Paul's 9-11 (and broader) message we arrive at the same conclusion: America (and Americans) is an eternal target and enemy to Jihadists due to our most cherished and sacred liberties, values, and traditions. Note that, the motivating catalyst at the center of this existential threat is America and its citizens.

Ron Paul's position places no more blame on America for the 9-11 attacks than do the proponents of the mainstream narrative. If we were attacked because we are rich, free, and whatever, America would be the motivating factor, just as if it was due to our foreign policy. In fact, the latter explanation places less blame on Americans and more on the policy of the U.S. federal government.

Ron Paul and his supporters need to construct an effective and concise rebuttal to this slanderous attack, so that people who use it, do so with sacrafice to their credibility.