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Ron Paul forcefully came out against American intervention in Syria and warned of a potential a set-up by al-Qaeda to trigger Western intervention and aid in hopes of toppling the Assad regime.
“Assad, I don’t think is an idiot — I don’t think he would do this on purpose in order for the whole world to come down on them,” the former Texas congressman told Fox Business Network last night. “The implication is Assad committed 100,000 killings — there are a lot of factions out there, why don’t we ask about al-Qaeda?”
Paul said that al-Qaeda forces masquerading as rebels might be trying to receive arms from the U.S. and other members of the international coalition by making the chemical-weapons attack appear to be done by the regime. He also suspected that the U.S. is hesitant because it doesn’t have enough proof of Assad’s culpability.
“I think one of the reasons they say, ‘Well, this isn’t regime change,’ is because we’re not really positive who set off the gas,” Paul said. He urged the administration and Congress to “get to the truth” of the situation before acting.
So a noninterventionist doesn't pretend that they are all wise, that they can go into a country that has been in civil war, where there's several different factions fighting and killing each other. There's Christians getting killed by rebels and the Assad regime being blamed for doing this and that. I don't believe it's capable, morally, nor are we able to go in and say, we know who the good guys are. We know there's three different groups on the rebels, but we know that we won't give any help to the al Qaeda, we just have to punish Assad.
It's a civil war and there's no way you're going to figure it out. I smell Iraq all over again. I remember the assurances that were given us 10 years ago and members of Congress believed that. But let me tell you, the situation is a lot different. The American people are on my side on this issue today and there's a lot more people in Congress now who are saying, it makes no sense.
And just listen to the military commanders. They said, you know, we don't even have the money for this. We have to have a supplemental. Now, how about all these war mongers getting ready to bomb and kill and invade or do whatever they think necessary and they don't even have the money and then they have to appropriate the money, which means more money drained from our economy.