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Twenty Years On, We’ve Learned Nothing From 9/11

Nothing upset the Washington Beltway elites more than when in a 2007 presidential
debate I pointed out the truth about the 9/11 attacks: they attacked us because
we’ve been in the Middle East, sanctioning and bombing the civilian population,
for decades. The 9/11 attackers were not motivated to commit suicide terrorism
on the Twin Towers and Pentagon because they dislike our freedoms, as then-President
Bush claimed. That was a self-serving lie.

They hated – and hate – us because we kill them for no reason. Day
after day. Year after year. Right up until just a few days ago, when President
Biden slaughtered Zemari Ahmadi and nine members of his family – including seven
children – in Afghanistan. The Administration bragged about taking out a top
ISIS target. But they lied. Ahmadi was just an aid worker, working for a California-based
organization, bringing water to suffering Afghan village residents.

This horror has been repeated thousands of times, over and over, for decades.
Does Washington believe these people are subhuman? That they somehow don’t
care about their relatives being killed? That they don’t react as we would
react if a foreign power slaughtered our families?

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously suggested in an interview
that killing half a million Iraqi children with sanctions designed to remove
Saddam Hussein from power was “worth it.” It was an admission that
the lives of innocents mean nothing to the Washington elite, even as they paint
their murderous interventions as some kind of “humanitarian liberation.”
The slogan of the US foreign policy establishment really should be, “No
Lives Matter.”

The Washington foreign policy elites – Republicans and Democrats –
are deeply corrupt and act contrary to US national interests. They pretend that
decades of indiscriminate bombing overseas are beneficial to the victims and
keep us safer as well. That is how they are able, year after year, to convince
Congress to hand over a trillion dollars – money taken directly and indirectly
from average Americans. They use fear and lies for their own profit. And they
call themselves patriots.

The Washington establishment lied to us because they did not want us to stop
for a second and try to understand the motive for the 9/11 attacks. Police detectives
are not apologists for killers when they try to look for a motive for the crime.
But the Washington elite did not want us to think about why people might be
motivated to suicide attack. That might endanger their 100-year gravy train.

What was the real message of 9/11 to Americans? Give up your freedoms for the
false promise of security. It’s OK for the government to spy on all of
us. It’s OK for the TSA to abuse us for the “privilege” of traveling
in our own country. We must continue to bomb people overseas. Don’t worry
it’s only temporary.

So, twenty years on what have we learned from 9/11? Absolutely nothing. And
we all know what the philosopher George Santayana said about those incapable
of learning from history. I desperately hope that somehow the United States
will adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy, which would actually protect
us from another attack. I truly wish Americans would demand that their leaders
learn from history. The only way to make us safe is to end the reign of the
Washington killing machine.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute
for Peace & Prosperity

Author: Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a former Republican congressman from Texas. He was the 1988 Libertarian Party candidate for president.
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