November 15, 2012
Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” against the Palestinians in Gaza is likely to produce renewed tensions in the Middle East and ultimately draw the United States further into deepening hostilities against Syria and eventually Iran.
During his farewell speech last night, Rep. Ron Paul said “our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in” and these seemingly endless conflicts are waged without congressional approval and “with no complaints from the American people” who have endured more than a decade of perpetual war. “Because it’s the government that initiates force, most people accept it as being legitimate,” Paul said.
Paul opposed what he called the “Obsession with Iran Bill” in August and has spoken out against policies that will eventually result in the violent overthrow of Syria. Paul stood virtually alone against additional punitive sanctions on Iran, with the exception of Ohio Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who is also leaving Congress at the end of the year.
Boldly yet futilely, in June Paul introduced a bill to prevent the administration from further involvement in the Syrian quagmire. “This week I’m introducing legislation to prohibit the administration, absent a declaration of war by Congress, from supporting directly or indirectly any military or paramilitary operations in Syria. I hope my colleagues will join me in this effort.”
Few responded, let alone signed on.
“The military action that we are watching in the Middle East right now is just a preview of coming attractions,” writes Michael Snyder today. “Tensions in the region are rising with each passing day, and all sides have been anticipating future conflicts and preparing for war for decades.”
“Right now, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran are all preparing for war,” he warns.
As Snyder points out, most Americans are not worried about distant events that may lead to a larger and far more portentous world war because they are uniformly ignorant when it comes to history, politics, and even geography. Public education has done an admirable job of dumbing down the average American to the point where it is relatively easy for the global elite to manufacture consent for war. In fact, most mass murder campaigns organized by government are not on the radar screen of the average American because they are not covered by the corporate media.
Engineered consensus also allows a psychopathic global elite to avoid the most rudimentary criticism from a blindsided public.
“When government officials wield power over others to bail out the special interests, even with disastrous results to the average citizen, they feel no guilt for the harm they do. Those who take us into undeclared wars with many casualties resulting, never lose sleep over the death and destruction their bad decisions caused. They are convinced that what they do is morally justified, and the fact that many suffer just can’t be helped,” Paul explained in his farewell speech.
Ron Paul’s departure from the House of Representatives will provide him with an opportunity to organize and lead a newly invigorated liberty movement opposed to war and the rule of an authoritarian elite.
There is little time for the endeavor, however. In the hours, days and at most weeks ahead, the Middle East may find itself irreversibly engaged in destructive and genocidal chaos. It is not certain at present if the conflict shaping up between Israel and Hamas will draw in Hezbollah and possibly Egypt, now ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.