It is hard to say who, other than our Islamist enemies, benefits from Ron Paul’s slick ad asking, “What if China had bases in Texas?” Paul uses it to promote his delusional view of the world and certainly fools some well-meaning but ill-informed Americans. Those who don’t want us to fight with our hands tied behind our back are easy prey for the gibberish Paul is selling because this ad blurs the lines between the frustrating manner we have prosecuted the war on terror and the very valid reasons for entering into it to begin with.
Many Americans who understand the appallingly halfhearted way the war in Viet Nam was “fought” have an understandable predisposition toward believing we are fighting a “civil war” or “meddling in the affairs of other countries” when we take proactive measures in fighting our war on terror. Paul knows this and shamelessly plays on it for votes.
Nevertheless, implying there is no difference between Viet Nam and the current war on terror is as addle brained as saying there is no difference between night and day.
Because it was largely true that nothing when North Viet Nam and the Chinese attacked South Viet Nam, would not have brought that war to our shores, does not in any way mean a “live and let live” policy toward the Islamist will insure our safety – just ask the Spanish train bombing victims about that.
Paul’s misguided foreign policy would have us deny the threat of Islam based on the implied notion that we can treat Iran and organized Islamist terror groups as if they are just another group of Nazis speaking a different language. The Nazis did not want to destroy our way of life; they wanted to take over our way of life. The Islamists don’t want to take over our way of life they want to murder every one of us and spit on our way of life.
In its Verses of The Sword, the Koran instructs Islamist to cheat lie steal in order to ultimately murder all infidels for merely living. It says nothing about putting these things into practice only if attacked by the West. Ron Paul either doesn’t understand this at best; or doesn’t want his supporters to understand this at worst.
Slick ads that cloud the differences between the enemies of the 1940s and the enemies we face today do nothing to keep us safe; on the contrary they lull us into a false sense of security. Shame on you Ron Paul; shame on you.