What? GOP Reps Propose US Military Benefits to Americans in ISRAELI Military!

On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Two Republican US Representatives have submitted a bill that would extend the same benefits provided to US military servicemembers and veterans to American citizens who choose to serve in the Israeli military. This at a time when US vets find themselves out in the cold when it comes to getting the care and benefits they were promised. Also today: F-35 fighters are stacking up at Lockheed factories as the Pentagon says “no, thank you” to purchasing them.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

How To Think About the War in Ukraine: a Response to Eric Levitz

In March of 2022, New York Magazine published the essay Is America to Blame for Russia’s War in Ukraine? by Eric Levitz. It’s illuminating to respond to it now, after over two years have passed and more information has come to light about what happened in the run-up to the war.

Levitz started out by seeming to acknowledge some U.S. culpability for the war. He writes:

As the “realist” international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer put the point in 2015, “What’s going on here is that the West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.”

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Is The Assange Case Slipping Out of US Hands?

On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

The London High Court has ruled today the Julian Asssange may appeal his extradition to the US to face espionage charges based on the question of whether he would be granted First Amendment rights regardless of nationality. Is the US case beginning to crack? Also today,  senior Israeli and Hamas leadership faces arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Moral Outrage: The Israeli War in Gaza

However valid the claims of oppression, Apartheid, etc., against the Palestinian people, Hamas’s October 7th attack, in which 1,163 Israelis were killed, many of whom were civilians, and 252 taken hostage, do constitute war crimes. As such, the Jus Ad Bellum criteriaInternational and Moral Laws–governing when States may resort to armed conflict in national defense have been satisfied. That being said, the crimes of October 7th do not provide Israel with blanket justification for its use of any and every means at its disposal even as a response to what it may interpret as an existential threat. There is a profound moral and legal distinction between national defense and national preservation.

Nor does International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Laws of Armed Conflict, and the International Law of Human Rights (ILHR), sanction acts of revenge or reprisals against civilians and civilian objects. These include “medical or religious personnel, units, transports, or material; prisoners of war; civilian persons or civilian objects; cultural property or places of worship; objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.”

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