Ron Paul on: Assad Must Go; Assad Must Stay. Who’s Right?

With Russian planes bombing ISIS and al-Qaeda targets this week, the air traffic on a piece of land smaller than the state of Oregon is getting crowded. The danger of a tragic accident that could escalate in unknown directions is ever-greater. The US and its Gulf allies are warning the Russians against bombing the terrorists without also trying to overthrow Assad. Saudi Arabia is warning Russia against civilian casualties in Syria even as the Saudis have killed nearly 3,000 innocent Yemeni civilians over the past five months. US-paid NGOs are pumping out the anti-Russian propaganda. What could possibly go wrong? Today’s Liberty Report is on the Syrian powder keg:

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

11 thoughts on “Ron Paul on: Assad Must Go; Assad Must Stay. Who’s Right?”

  1. According to the unison tune in our mass it is Russia, not USA or their war-comrade Saudi Arabia – who targets civilians and groups who fight for democracy. Yet, there is no sign of democracy in a single one of the numerous countries that USA and allies have intervened. Naturally, the evil Russia mus take the blame for the "unwanted" outcome.

    1. Americans like you are getting it, one by one. But it's probably not going to be soon enough to save the world.

      Our saving grace is that we have MAD on our side and that is going to hold back the US from anything really serious for a while. Dog help us.

      luv from Canada.

  2. Assad's future as President is for the Syrian people to peacefully decide.
    If Obama was smart, he would take this massive opportunity Putin has handed him and run with it.
    Declare the front operation as having failed.
    Throw the terrorists under the bus.
    Allow Russia to assist the regional powers in eliminating them.
    Declare the whole policy as his favorite adjective, "Stupid Shit", and require the clandestine services to openly account for all such activities worldwide.
    Use the opening to make peace with Russia and join the UN coalition against the mess we created.

    Peace with Iran, Cuba, and Russia as a legacy ain't all that bad.

    Then again, what happened to JFK when he threw the CIA under the bus…

  3. I hate bombs and I'm not crazy about Assad either but Putin did the right thing getting involved. If Assad falls the Kurds, the Alawites, the Druze and the Christians will all be slaughtered. America is always going on about humanitarian intervention and genocide but if Obama gets what he wants there will be at least four genocides. Thank god for Putin. Thank god someone is finally willing to stand up to the American Empire.

  4. Putin, the Assads, the Iranian Mullahs… They're Just Not Into You (Keep Your Search For Heroes Going, and Stop Hating "America")

    Foolishness (or being fooled) can jump from one face to another. People who before listened to whatever bullshit the mainstream media fed them and believed whatever America did was right, now jump aboard fake alternative news (which I assure you, is being created by the same people that are giving you "mainstream" news in most cases) and think everything NOT ostensibly American is right.

    People are manipulating these false dichotomies, and still misleading Americans.

    Americans can be like children with bad attitudes, who when told the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus isn't real then go around sulking and hating everyone they know, instead of asking, "Okay, how does the grown-up world work?"

    What people are missing is that the U.S. is not a nation with one set of interests and groups but competing interests and groups. And that is true for other nations as well. That's the adult world.

    How this pertains to the situations in Syria and Iraq.

    First, ISIS is not real, just as Al Qaeda wasn't. It's a mythology that allows people to demonize legitimate resistance in Syria to Assad, and that's resistance supported by the Arab world rather than the U.S., Israel, Russia or their satellites (including Khomeinists Iran, the puppet government of Iraq and the Muslim Brotherhood). The word ISIS, like Al Qaeda before it, has taken on a life of its own though, where everyone calls who they don't like "ISIS".

    The Muslim Brotherhood (the MB being the Israeli and Zionist Western backed faction that was all but dead in Syria, as was the Assad regime just before Russia entered). In fact, the MB is next to death in the entire Arab world. And to the government we installed in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating. The resistance fighters involved are fighting in that entire region.

    Those creating ISIS are not the U.S. government or at least all of it. ISIS itself is really not much more than a handful of mercenaries and propaganda videos done by Israelis. Check out SITE Intelligence and Rita Katz and "ISIS"; and MEMRI and Yigal Carmon and "ISIS", and disinfo coordinating groups like Gatestone Foundation, and more difficult to understand The Intercept and the relationship with Gary Sick and Iran).

    Key to understanding this is that the U.S. took a pass on putting troops on the ground or bombing in Syria. Or more precisely, the Pentagon and defense industry lobbyists urged the U.S. government to take a pass on Syria, having to do with recent arms buys from the Gulf. $100 billion arms buys influence a lot of people.

    The Gulf uses oil prices and arms buys (they lead the world in arms buying and 40% go to the U.S.) in certain situations to create a wedge US politics between the powerful defense industry and the Zionists.

    The U.S., particularly the State Department coordinated Muslim Brotherhood activities in Syria with Qatar before Qatar abandoned the Brotherhood due to some bad experiences. Newly recruited fighters who Qatar would have given the U.S. instead joined the Arab resistance against Assad and the Muslim Brotherhood. This was publicly discussed in Congress and in a few newspaper articles these past few weeks, though many Americans did not see just why it was so important.

  5. Russia is not really that different from the U.S. It has an even more powerful Zionist lobby (the notorious Jewish oligarchs and Putin is their creation). It also has a less independent and less powerful defense and intelligence sector left over from the Soviet period (the "siloviki"). The military itself has been kept busy with petty expansionism in the Crimea and Abkhazia, or otherwise painting over the rust.

    The Gulf Arabs and Egypt recently found out something Saddam Hussein could have confirmed if he was still around: in dealing with post-Soviet Russia, there is not really room to create a wedge today between the Zionist oligarchs and competing interests groups. These oligarchs for now have far more power than anyone in Russia. As they say, just follow the money…

    So, what the Zionists could not get the U.S. to do in Syria, the Zionists are getting the Russians in Syria. There is a lot at stake for the Zionists, whether it is those in Israel or the oligarchs that dominate the oil production of Russia:

    #1 Israeli border security

    #2 long term control of oil fields and prices in Israel itself has tried to secure the oil of northern Iraq under a fake Kurdish territory in that region.

    #3 If the Saudis, UAE, Kuwait, etc. continue to sell oil at a cut rate, it literally destroys the "Russian" oligarchs and the Russian economy, which is why the Saudis, UAE, Kuwait, etc. are selling at these prices.

    #4 This is less tangible but important, that is, the need to show the world Zionists are still powerful and their interests cannot be pushed aside by some Arab oil money and US defense contractors, etc. Otherwise the failures could snowball.

    The U.S. government in general (Intelligence services, State Dept, and to an extent pro Israeli elements) would have preferred their MB stooges engage in a long fight with Assad, pressuring and eventually overthrowing him.

    Instead the Arabs independently eliminated the MB and were on the verge of eliminating Assad, while taking over the region of northern and western Iraq and 80% of Syria. Israel had helped carve out an imaginary Kurdistan in Iraq and Syria with all of its oil contracts going to Israel and a pipeline was to be built. The Arabs resistance groups ended that too.

    So now the Zionists will happily go back to having the Assads for the time being (the Assads have always played ball with anyone at any time that it worked for them) if only to stave off the alternative. And Zionists are happy to use the U.S. or Russia to get that done.

    There is a danger that this can upset Russia. For now the corrupt old ethnic Russian "siloviki" elite will quietly watch their money disappear. This group controls several state owned oil companies they use as their piggy banks.

    But if oil prices don't rise, and if the Arabs start to fund Muslim separatists in Russia, and economic problems in Russia cause social unrest the siloviki will probably strike against the Zionists, with whatever force they have left.

    So this is one of those cases where being "anti American" or even "anti Israeli" is a very simplistic understanding, and very dangerous. Americans become self-hating and self-destructive while undercutting any influence they might have had.

    Remember, Zionism isn't confined to Israel, and nations are competing interests and groups. Stop looking for heroes in the newspaper, fake news sites and memes sent around by social media sock puppets.

    And stop cheering on every supposed enemy of the U.S. who trashes America. It's foolish.

    1. So Israel supports Assad, Kurdistan isn't real, the world is more complex then our tiny brains can understand but the Zionists control it all? Wow, JohnJohn, you really got it all figured out don't you.

      There wasn't a single moment in that rambling mess where you came even close to making sense. I politely suggest you take your ludicrous, conspiracy horse sh*t and go slide back under whatever Larouchie rock you crawled out of or as you so adorably call it "the grown-up world".

      Putin isn't a superhero but he saw a fire growing dangerously close to his backyard and had the balls to try and put it out. The United States has run rough shot over the globe for over half a century. Creating chaos and carnage in its wake. Someone had to stand up and say enough is enough. Putin's actions weren't just about Syria, they were about the world. A multi polar world we can all benefit from. It was a clear message to the chicken hawks of the military industrial complex, "YOUR DAYS OF PLENTY ARE NUMBERED, THE SH*T STOPS HERE!". So I'll say it again, loud enough for any loony tune or pseudo anti-imperialist to here me, THANK GOD FOR PUTIN! and if you don't like that you can kiss my fat "anti American" "anti Israel" ass!

      I have had enough pussy footing around. Peace is wonderful but someone has to stop the chaos before it's possible and conspiracy garbage and guitar strumming love ins wont get us there. Hate me if you want. I stand by my word.

  6. Intervention by the US and now Russia will not resolve the conflict with the ME. Just as the US has gotten into wars it is incapable of winning so will Russia. Non-intervention by foreign powers is the only solution.

    1. Intervention by the US is the entire reason why there is conflict in the ME.

      Yes, non-intervention by foreign powers was the solution but is no longer and that's why Russia has stepped up to look after it's interests in Syria. And China too of course. The US just failed to complete it's PNAC agenda for Syria and Iran before Russia came back as a ME influencing power. Now the window of opportunity has been slammed shut for the US.

  7. Right on message with this one Ron Paul. But I don't think the format has quite got what it takes. It needs some work. But in any case, it's going to be very difficult to convince the American people after all the demonizing of Russia. (Putin)

    I also have to comment and say that seems to have found it's footing, judging by the articles it's printing and/or reprinting. Rather than partisan US domestic politics, the emphasis is now much more on US foreign policy which needs to be solidly condemned. Hopefully this will lead to gathering more support and many more readers which will lead to it's being a positive influence in the US which opposes wars of aggression.
    luv from Canada.

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