…And Ron Paul Is Still A Friend and Ally
“America should not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy…She might become the dictatress of the world: she should be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”–John Quincy Adams, 1821
…By Jonas E. Alexis
In his article “The GOP of Old,” published just today, Bill Kristol chastised Rand Paul for being wearied of perpetual wars in the Middle East. If you or your family or your friends are against policing virtually every country in the Middle East, you are part of the “rot of war weariness,” says Kristol, and “The task of GOP political leaders is to educate the public about the dangers of the world and to inspire people to rise above their weariness.”
In other words, terrorism in the Middle East is good for Kristol because, according to the neoconservative reading of things, that will keep us in the Middle East for a while.
Surprisingly, neoconservative hawk Paul Wolfowitz himself declared in 2003 that the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia ended up creating terrorist cells. He said:
“[W]e can now remove almost all of our forces from Saudi Arabia. Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda. In fact if you look at bin Laden, one of his principle grievances was the presence of so-called crusader forces on the holy land, Mecca and Medina.”
In response to Kristol’s diatribe, Ron Paul declared:
“The neo-con ideology promotes endless war, but neo-cons fight their battles with the blood of others. From the comfortable, subsidized offices of magazines like the Weekly Standard, the neo-conservatives urge the United States to engage in endless war – to be fought by the victims of the ‘poverty draft’ from states where there are few jobs.
“Ironically, these young people cannot find more productive work because the Federal Reserve’s endless money printing to keep the war machine turning has destroyed our economy. The six trillion dollars that will be spent on the Iraq war are merely pieces of printed paper that further erode the dollar’s purchasing power now and well into the future. It is the inflation tax, which is the most regressive and cruel of all.
“Yes, Americans are war weary, concedes Kristol. But he does not blame the average American. The real problem is that the president has dropped the ball on terrifying Americans with the lies and imaginary threats that led to the invasion of Iraq.”
“If only we had more war propaganda from the highest levels of government we could be cured of this war-weariness. Ten years ago the US invaded Iraq under the influence of neo-conservative lies. Those lies continued to promote US military action in places like Libya, and next on their agenda is Syria and then on to Iran. It is time for the American people to shout ‘enough!’”
Regardless of your views and background, all of us have to shout enough as well.
I recently got a comment from an individual by the name of Louis Gavin saying that my views are on the borderline of hatred. In other words, exposing the neoconservative madness is hatred. I asked Gavin for specifics, and I have yet to receive them.
My overall response was quite simple. I have made it clear numerous times in previous articles that I have no interest in advocating hate. People should be loved for who they are. A serious Christian, by definition, cannot espouse hatred of other people, otherwise he will deny the very essence of being a Christian, which is to love God and to love his neighbor.
What we are doing here is deconstruct a wicked ideology, i.e. Zionism/neo-conservatism. In the process, people of reason will ally themselves with the truth.
At the same time, truth can be “offensive.” The moment a person declares that two plus two is four, he/she is implicitly saying that two plus two is not five, or six, or seven, etc. That’s the nature of reality. Christians must strive to report truth and not falsehood.
I moved on to press Gavin to answer the following questions. Is it hate to say and document that the neoconservative movement is Trotskyism? Is it hate to say that Irving Kristol in particular admitted that he was proud to be a Trotskyite in college? Is it hate to say that Kristol himself admitted that Jewish revolutionaries in the neoconservative movement never abandoned their ideological heritage?
Is it hate to say that Trotskyism was dangerous in its political and ideological fashion? Is it hate to say that the invasion of Iraq rested on bold and categorical lies? Is it hate to say that the war in Iraq alone will eventually give the American people a 6 trillion dollar bill? Is it hate to say that the average American right now is suffering largely because of that war?
Is it hate to say that Bill Kristol, Irving Kristol’s son, bragged that Obama is a “born-again neocon” with respect to perpetual wars in the Middle East? Is it hate to label people who criticize Israel’s relationship with the United States “anti-Semites”?
Is it hate when the Founding Fathers declared that we should never get involved in policing other countries? Is it hate for a person to ally himself/herself with the Founding Fathers? Is Ron Paul an anti-Semite? Is it hate to say that both Israel and the United States supported terrorist groups such as the MEK? Is it hate to say that the United States right now is supporting the Syrian rebels? Is it hate to say that the Syrian rebels are largely terrorist groups?
The answers to those questions of course will determine whether Gavin hates America or not.
 Quoted in Jane Mayer, The Dark Side (New York: Anchor Books, 2009), 1.
 Bill Kristol, “‘The GOP of Old,’” Weekly Standard, March 25, 2013.
 Ron Paul, “Neo-Con War Addiction Threatens Our Future,” Antiwar.com, March 25, 2013.
 See for example C. J. Chivers and Eric Schmitt, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid,” NY Times, March 24, 2013.