“Preventative war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.”
-Otto von Bismarck
This Christmas Rand Paul wrote a blog about “Peace on Earth.” The Senator pointed out that Jesus was called “the Prince of Peace,” that he taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Rand Paul is a lonely voice. Maybe the only voice of sanity left in America.
Do we really want a war with Russia? A country with a 15% tax rate, who has more religious liberty than America and who faithfully ferries American astronauts to and from the International Space Station because America has no rockets capable of doing so for ourselves?
Do we want to punish them for having the audacity to join the war against ISIS? For wanting to avenge their own citizens, who were shot down in a commercial aircraft?
Hillary Clinton thinks so and wants us to declare a “no fly” zone over Syria, keeping the Russians out. Chris Christie thinks so too and has said he would order any Russian jet violating such a zone to be shot down.
They would go to war against the only other superpower on earth to defend our right to be the sole progenitors of mayhem in the Middle East. We can bomb and kill our enemies. No one else.
Ostensibly, Clinton and the Republican neo-Cons want to get rid of Syrian dictator Assad. And that means supporting “moderate rebels” who are opposed to him in the Syrian civil war. They warn that Russian air attacks pounding ISIS are spilling over on the so-called Islamic moderates.
The problem is after spending $500 billion the United States could only produce 50 of such “moderate” rebel soldiers to support a pro American government. The rest, armed by the American taxpayers, went over to the dark side and are supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS, trying to overthrow Assad. So who are these “moderates” we are afraid that Russian bombs might kill? The 54?
Several years ago, Rand Paul was warning that our tanks and trucks, given over to rebels in Syria were going to fall into the hands of terrorists. A few months later, almost on queue, terrorists emerged from the chaos of Syria, driving American tanks across the Middle East, draped in the black flags of ISIS.
Is this really about 54 moderate Muslims?
What really drives the Clinton-Neo Con machine is money. Isn’t it the answer to almost any puzzle? Big companies make big bucks fighting wars. It is why they lobbied to leave the billions of dollars of weapons and trucks behind after the War in Iraq. Just scrap them. The more weapons we give away, the more they can get paid to produce new replacements. And the best of all is to arm a new enemy which they must then defeat with even more manufactured weapons.
This is the money that drives the wars and this current election. A war with Russia? Imagine the fortunes that could be made?
Senator Rand Paul does not favor the dictator, Bashar Assad of Syria but he does point out that each time we topple a secular dictator we get something worse. It happened in Libya. It happened in Iraq. And it will be repeated in Syria again.
This isn’t about Russia, or Assad, or ISIS. This is about big companies, making money, by waging war. And the national media, dependent on the advertising dollars of those big company conglomerates, will provide the rationale and the popular opinion to make it happen.
Peace on earth. Good will to men?
Rand Paul is the only adult in the room.