Interventionists Ready a Media Lynching for Ron Paul
The past ten
days have seen a spate of pieces on Google News damning Congressman
Ron Paul for blaming America for the 9/11 attacks. This
is just the start of what will become a wave of ever-more shrill
and lie-filled attacks on Mr. Paul as long as he is seeking the
Republican presidential nomination and continues to find growing
public support. The attacks on Mr. Paul are and will be the work
of the Neoconservatives, the Israel-First fifth column of U.S. citizens,
and AIPAC and those it controls in the Congress, media, and academy.
Mr. Paul, of
course, never blamed the United States for the war the Islamists
started and are now waging on the United States. What he did say
is merely what is true beyond any credible challenge: Our growing
number of Islamist enemies are motivated to attack us because of
what the U.S. government does in the Muslim world and not because
of how Americans live and think here at home. Mr. Paul bravely and
clearly delivers this essential message to U.S. voters, and as long
as he tells this truth he will receive the venom and slander of
the above mentioned people and organizations.
And worse is
yet to come. On 1 and 2 September 2011, Commentary Magazine
long Israel-Firsts flagship publication identified
Mr. Pauls truth-telling in regard to the impact of U.S. foreign
policy in the Islamic world as a bizarre and twisted interpretation
of events and described him and his supporters as taking Osama
bin Ladens statements as their bible. Commentary went on to
damn Mr. Paul and his supporters as follows:
Paul seems intent on blaming America for the burning [Islamist]
hatred directed against us, to the point that he has to disfigure
history to justify it. Its a peculiar citizen who would
do such a thing. I suppose I understand why most Republicans (with
the fine exception of Rick Santorum) have not taken on the noxious
ideology of Representative Paul. But the dirty little secret is
Ron Paul holds views that are disgraceful. It seems to me that
conservatives, in the name of reaching out to those who inhabit
the loony fringes of the libertarian movement, shouldnt
If this sounds
familiar it is because it is precisely the kind of attack that was
used against the America First organization when it sought to prevent
America from entering the European War that began in September,
1939. Interventionists in both parties; much of the media; senior
members of the Roosevelt Administration; leaders of Britains
pro-intervention covert action program in the United States; and
spokesmen for Jewish-American organizations all slandered America
First members as disloyal citizens who were ignorant of the world.
Together these entities misidentified distinguished Americans who
were using 1st Amendment rights to defend what they saw as U.S.
interests as traitors, madmen, Nazi sympathizers, and anti-Semites.
In their words this week, the articles in Commentary and
elsewhere have identified Dr. Paul and the millions who agree with
him as peculiar citizens (traitors?); madmen (loony
fringes); and bin Laden sympathizers.
If Mr. Paul
continues telling the truth and his support keeps growing, Israel-Firsts
next step will be to begin smearing him as an anti-Semite, just
as Charles Lindbergh and other America First leaders were falsely
identified in the late 1930s by the sorts of people noted above.
And such attacks on Mr. Paul probably will be more vicious than
those on Lindbergh, et al. Some of those who opposed America First,
for example, conducted a sharp but fair-minded debate over a clearly
substantive and legitimate question: Does Nazi Germany pose
a threat to genuine U.S. national interests?
Mr. Pauls attackers know they have no legitimate, defensible
issue on their side of the debate, only their malevolent desire
to see America fight all of Islam on Israels behalf. Indeed,
they know the United States and its interests are in large measure
threatened and attacked by Islamists because of the U.S. governments
relentless and unquestioning intervention on Israels behalf.
Thus, the combination of the fact that Mr. Pauls words are
gaining traction with some Americans, and that the Israel-First
position is built on sand that is, it is clear no U.S. interest
is served by the current U.S.-Israel relationship means that
Mr. Pauls attackers use any and every kind of slander to defame
him and to ensure the United States will fight to protect Israel
against the rising and uncontrollable tide of anti-Israel sentiment
that is being produced by the so-called Arab Spring.
In this vein,
Commentarys description of Mr. Pauls noxious
ideology is a first step that probably will lead to a systematic
Israel-First effort to identify Mr. Paul and those who support him
as anti-Semites simply because they do not want to see Americas
soldier-children die fighting in an irrelevant Israel-Muslim religious
war in which no genuine U.S. interests are at risk.
with permission from Non-Intervention.com.
Scheuer [send him mail] is
the author of Marching
Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial
Hubris and Through
Our Enemies' Eyes. He recently resigned after 22 years at
2011© Michael Scheuer