Is United States foreign policy to blame in Mideast conflict?

In his usual fashion critical of big government and interventionism, outgoing Texas Representative Ron Paul blasted the United States’ role in the Israeli v. Palestine conflict and cautions Americans to be prepared for a potentially short cease fire in the middle east.

“While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again,” he wrote.

Paul noted that President Obama said last week that no country would ever tolerate bombs falling on their citizens and the United States must stand behind Israel.  “Considering that this president rains down missiles on Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and numerous other countries on a daily basis, the statement was so hypocritical that it didn’t pass the laugh test. But it wasn’t funny,” he added.

Indeed, the same mistakes made under George Bush are evident with this president who, even after rampant and demonstrable discontent from the American people over our government, was given another 4-years in the White House.  Taxpayers are forced to fund a conflict with roots so deep in history that no living American could possibly claim to have seen the beginning.

How much peace can our nation reasonably expect with a foreign policy that relies on dropping bombs and, in some cases, arming the enemy?  Who can predict a lasting cease fire in the region as our tax payers are continuously forced to fund a battle that has gone on for decades, even centuries?  Who expects a country to simply buy its way out of a conflict rooted in religious oppression and third-world societies?

“We are on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.”