Of Course, Ron Paul Blames France for #CharlieHebdo. Et Vous, Rand?

Of Course, Ron Paul Blames France for #CharlieHebdo. Et Vous, Rand?

Ron Paul just couldn’t refrain from his usual Blame-Everyone-Else-for-Muslims-Behaving-Badly screed. On NewsMaxTV’s Steve Malzberg Show, the former Texas congressman and erstwhile Presidential candidate pontificated:

“I put blame on bad policy that we don’t fully understand, and we don’t understand what they’re doing because the people who are objecting to the foreign policy that we pursue, they do it from a different perspective. They see us as attacking them, and killing innocent people, so yes, they, they have — this doesn’t justify, so don’t put those words in my mouth — it doesn’t justify, but it explains it.”

Right. And Theo Van Gogh was stabbed by a Muslim because of French foreign policy, and Ayaan Hirsi-Ali lives under death threats by Muslims because of Dutch foreign policy. American cartoonist Molly Norris of “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” may still have a fatwa on her — of course due to American interventionism. Or something.

We can ignore Ron Paul and point out that he no longer holds any office and is not running for President. But then there’s his son, Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky and potential 2016 Presidential candidate.

Like father, like son?

Rand Paul’s official website, as of this writing, makes no reference to the CharlieHebdo massacre, although it notes his bill to defund Palestinian foreign aid. So far, so good. But last night in an interview at WHAS11 in Louisville, KY, Senator Paul said this:

“So it really shows what really kind of Stone Age mentality these people have. And also I think everybody needs to step up to stop this. And the people who particularly need to step up – we need to defend ourselves – the West has to defend ourselves, but civilized Islam needs to stand up and say this does not represent our religion.”

He continued while discussing ISIS:

“We can put 100,000 troops and we can take Mosul back, but the reaction to that, is then that there is more, there’s another decade and another decade. But I think this barbaric form of Islam can be stamped out. But it means Turkey has to step up. it means the Kurds step up. It means the Iraqis step up. and it means frankly the Saudis, the Kuwaitis and the Qataris, all these neighbors should fear this horrific, barbaric form of Islam and they should step forward and say it doesn’t represent Islam. That’s when we win the war.”

That sounds all well and good, but does anyone think that the leaders of Muslim nations and Muslim imams are about to strike their collective foreheads and declare, “Wow! Why didn’t we think of that?!” Methinks that Rand is channeling a bit of his dad’s famous non-interventionism (some call it isolationism), and instead is trying to straddle the fence between his dad’s foreign policy philosophy and reality, while eyeing the best way to snag the 2016 Republican bid.

I really have wanted to like Rand Paul, but I have serious qualms about his foreign policy ideas. Is he really dissimilar to his father, or is he playing a political game?

With Islamism on the rise, this is not a time to play games.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    The problem is pretty clear-jihadists act in accordance with the Koran. Those who refuse to convert or submit MUST be killed-a 4th option of leaving “infidels” alone simply does not exist in Islamania. Are these pols THAT stupid? if so then they need to read the Koran-that alone tells you all you need to know about the “religion of peace”-just as Mein Kampf tells you all you need to know about Nazism.

    • Chris in N.Va. says:

      Agreed. It’s not “senseless” violence, but it makes 100% logically consistent sense when viewed through the “death to the infidel” lens that results from their indoctrination. What other recourse should such devout followers of and protectors of The Prophet’s reputation take (peas be all over and smeared upon him).

      Wondering if ol’ Rambling Ron would also assert, “Well, since she wore THAT, then it explains why she deserved to be…..” and you can fill in the brain-dead rest of that perverted perspective.

  • Proof says:

    Ron Paul was hopeless on foreign policy. He once belittled Israel’s attempt at defending itself as a “squabble” with Arab countries.

    I am also dubious as to how much of the elder’s Neo-isolationism may have infected the son. For example, I agree with defunding HAMAS, but perhaps for a different reason than a ‘get the US out of everywhere’ Neo-isolationist. Is Rand one? Hard to say.

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