Ron Paul Is Right
The memory of utopian liberal humanists is always conveniently short.
The theory was that Iraq would be a cakewalk. The actual outworking in history? But still the nation does not draw the obvious conclusion: that we must abandon this brutal anti-God, humanistic New World Order philosophy. No way. Let’s stay the course, whatever the cost. Like night follows day, so now Iran will follow Iraq. Imperialism is embedded in our midst.
The scenario is already well known. In response to Iran’s “nuclear threat,” the president will decide to orchestrate regime change inside that nation, thus ending its alleged links to al-Qaeda. By toppling the mullahs’ regime, the neoconservatives in power can replace it with a new order that is more “sensitive” to Western security concerns.
And what will our meddling produce? Wars and rumors of war, what else? As Republican Ron Paul of Texas said on the floor of Congress:
I find it incomprehensible that as the failure of our Iraq policy becomes more evident – even to its most determined advocates – we here are approving the same kind of policy toward Iran. With Iraq becoming more of a problem daily, the solution as envisioned by this legislation is to look for yet another fight. And we should not fool ourselves: this legislation sets the stage for direct conflict with Iran. The resolution “calls upon all State Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), including the United States, to use all appropriate means to deter, dissuade, and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons...” Note the phrase “...use all appropriate means....”
Additionally, this legislation calls for yet more and stricter sanctions on Iran, including a demand that other countries also impose sanctions on Iran. As we know, sanctions are unmistakably a move toward war, particularly when, as in this legislation, a demand is made that the other nations of the world similarly isolate and blockade the country. Those who wish for a regime change in Iran should especially reject sanctions – just look at how our Cuba policy has allowed Fidel Castro to maintain his hold on power for decades. Sanctions do not hurt political leaders, as we know most recently from our sanctions against Iraq, but rather sow misery among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Dictators do not go hungry when sanctions are imposed.
It is somewhat ironic that we are again meddling in Iranian affairs. Students of history will recall that the US government's ill-advised coup against Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 and its subsequent installation of the Shah as the supreme ruler led to intense hatred of the United States and eventually to the radical Islamic revolution of 1979. One can only wonder what our relations would be with Iran if not for the decades of meddling in that country's internal affairs. We likely would not be considering resolutions such as this. Yet the solution to all the difficulties created by our meddling foreign policy always seems to always be yet more meddling. Will Congress ever learn?
As usual, Ron Paul is right. His words should be believed by every instructed Christian. It remains for us to think on them and pray over them until they begin to burn within us.
August 31, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book is Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon.