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The Lone Statesman in our US Congress say No. (HR 951)

Posted by Jesse on March 7, 2008

Stop Choosing Sides
by Rep. Ron Paul

On Wednesday, March 5, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution (HR 951) condemning Palestinian rocket attacks that include a strident defense of recent Israeli tactics in the Gaza Strip. The resolution also condemned Iran and Syria for “sponsoring terror attacks,” and demanded that Saudi Arabia publicly condemn Palestinian actions.

The resolution was originally introduced in January, but contains new language including a passage saying that that “those responsible for launching rocket attacks against Israel routinely embed their production facilities and launch sites amongst the Palestinian civilian population, utilizing them as human shields” and “the inadvertent inflicting of civilian casualties as a result of defensive military operations aimed at military targets, while deeply regrettable, is not at all morally equivalent to the deliberate targeting of civilian populations as practiced by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups.”

Although 23 Congressman abstained or voted “present,” only one bravely voted no: Rep. Ron Paul.

Below is Rep. Paul’s statement he gave to the House before the vote.

Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to H. Res. 951, a resolution to condemn Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. As one who is consistently against war and violence, I obviously do not support the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian populations. I believe it is appalling that Palestinians are firing rockets that harm innocent Israelis, just as I believe it is appalling that Israel fires missiles into Palestinian areas where children and other non-combatants are killed and injured.

Unfortunately, legislation such as this is more likely to perpetuate violence in the Middle East than contribute to its abatement. It is our continued involvement and intervention – particularly when it appears to be one-sided – that reduces the incentive for opposing sides to reach a lasting peace agreement.

Additionally, this bill will continue the march toward war with Iran and Syria, as it contains provocative language targeting these countries. The legislation oversimplifies the Israel/Palestine conflict and the larger unrest in the Middle East by simply pointing the finger at Iran and Syria. This is another piece in a steady series of legislation passed in the House that intensifies enmity between the United States and Iran and Syria. My colleagues will recall that we saw a similar steady stream of provocative legislation against Iraq in the years before the US attack on that country.

I strongly believe that we must cease making proclamations involving conflicts that have nothing to do with the United States. We incur the wrath of those who feel slighted while doing very little to slow or stop the violence.

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9 Responses to “The Lone Statesman in our US Congress say No. (HR 951)”

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  5. g. kortes said

    Thank you, Ron Paul, for your high degree of morality.

  6. ILSAILTBIDLNNS said

    Americans we need to take our government back. No other way to say it. God bless Ron Paul, I still have hope he will be voted in as our next pres. A filthy vile agenda has been placed on the American people, with lies and that agenda hidden and promoted in the press-your press is far from free people-wake up, stop this agenda NOW

  7. Jack K said

    As long as there are people blindly supporting only one side (Israelis Government’s Side)there will be no peace in Middle East. And speaking of UN resolutions why not enforce one’s already passed since 1967?

  8. Ecosharp Investigator said

    Well now we know why R.P won’t get elected president. Such a person can’t decide to be against terror but says he’s against terror, but can’t vote against terror because he’s against terror.
    Riiiight! Now I get it. So now ron, what exactly does it take for you to really stand for something, or do you just say you stand for something but don’t really stand, or is it sit for something, well maybe thinking about something is kinda, sorta, almost a stand, Right? Well Ronnie boy, i hope u come and lay down in front of the terrorists when they get to your home town.. Oh, and by the way better brush up on arabic just in case eh? Trust me, everyone else will be arming themselves for battle to defend fruitcakes like u. At least he still has the freedom to have an opinion, a freedom paid for in the blood of brave souls who always stand up for what’s right. Yup the’re still votin the odd ones in where people can watch and have entertainment. But my goodness, taking a stand, well sort of, at the expense of the Jewish people, a nation of people hardly the size of Rhode Island, a nation with only a few million souls, surrounded by 21 arab nations, and hundreds of millions of muslims, all out for Jewish blood. Oh, I see now, you don’t stand FOR the Jews either. This is not going to look on your resume’.

  9. Jesse said

    eco
    there’s a difference between taking a stand for what you believe and marching for your master.

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