Tonight, Ron Paul stated that al-Qaida attacked us because we are involved in the Middle East. Below I have posted Bin Laden's declaration of War against the United States, made in 1996. He cites (1) US Involvement in the Middle East, (2) Palestine, and (3) Sanctions on Iraq as reasons why he has declared war.
Well, that sound about right to me. I'm not sure why some people are jumping on that statement. Is there a problem with it?
Here at FR, we are very big on taking the arabs at their word that they want to kill us. But when it comes to "why", we assume that they are lying. Or something like that.
It is wrong because it gives the sense of moral equivalence to each side.
We have every right to be in the Middle East, supporting Israel and putting sanctions on Iraq.
The real reason we were attacked in 9/11 was because of our weakness in responding to terrorist aggression under Clinton.
I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Paul.
He is coming from the 'Old Right' tradition that was very pacifistic.
But there are some people we can't be at peace with, since they are at war with all mankind-Nazism, Japanese Imperialism, Communism and Islam.