Monday, September 10, 2007

The Last Best Hope

I first met Ron Paul in 2003, at a Mises Institute event in Auburn, Ala. I remember being impressed with him even then - a sentiment that has only grown stronger with time. As I've chronicled the actions of the American Empire over the years, I became convinced that Dr. Paul was that rarest of birds: an actual believer in the American Republic in an age when everyone's embraced the Caesars.

I can't vote for Dr. Paul next year; I'm not an American citizen. But if I could, I would. Because, as Vox Day so aptly puts it (my emphasis):

The choice is simple. If you want to live under an EU-style regime that is intent on invading and occupying other countries in the name of democracy for the foreseeable future, vote for any of the so-called major candidates. It doesn't matter which one.[...] If, on the other hand, you wish to live in a nation where the United States government is governed by the Constitution, you had better support Ron Paul. This may be your only opportunity, for it is entirely possible that this will be the last time such a choice is presented to you.


just_a_serb said...

Thanks mostly to Justin's and yours articles, I'm aware of Ron Paul quite a long ago. He seems to be a decent guy (though his stance to divide Iraq into three separate states doesn't look good).

Anyway, I'd vote for him too, If I was a citizen. But he seems not to get the attention in the mainstream media at all. Would that qualify elections for being "democratic, but not fair", as U.S. described every elections in Serbia prior to 2000?

BTW, check the transcript of b92's "utisak nedelje" dated 9/09/2007 once it gets online. There should be there some remarqable quotations from Mr. Bakic: "The only way you can make someone who doesn't want to live with you to live with you is to kill him" - I'm not sure if that fits into Stockholm sindrome or there is some worse diagnose, but it's worth exploring. Vesna Pesic also mentioned some Orthodox Empire we are going to live in.


Gray Falcon said...

Pesic is delusional, obviously (that "Orthodox Empire" must be some phobia of hers), and Bakic is - ironically - right that you can't force people to live together. He should first explain his support of the "international community" in centralizing Bosnia, though.

just_a_serb said...

Transcript is online, but you can also check here
where I already put some interesting details in red.

I'm still fascinated with the way of thinking they present. I can't understand it. I think Stockholm sindrome explains it only in part. They ignore any kind of logic. You couldn't have seen it, but it was clear that Bakic was nearly histeric. Switched from the logic/reason to the emotions. Miserable. But not at all uncommon here.
Anyway, I trolled the topic. Sorry. As I said, I'm fascinated with it since I can't explain it.

Be rading you!

Witch-king of Angmar said...


Ron Paul is right when he proposes the division of Iraq, for the same reason Gray Falcon mentioned: you can not force people to live together.

As for Bakić and Pešić their diatribes and hypocricies are typical for their ilk.

just_a_serb said...

"Forcing people to live together" isn't related to division of any sovereign country under occupation. Partitioning and divisioning doesn't fall into the competencies of an occupier, accordiing to the Geneva Conventions of War. So this is not an issue to be proposed by a polititian of an occupier, regardless the occupier gained some other powers by UNSC after the occupation.

Besides, I do have some suspicious their "inability to live together" is somehow carefully concieved, induced and maintained outside Iraq and is related to "redesigning ME", "drying the desert" etc.

Whether they are able to live toghether or not should be seen once the occupation is over and that should be their decision, not anyones' else.

Gray Falcon said...

Far be it from me to argue about what Dr. Paul meant (I'm sure he expressed himself precisely), but I find it hard to believe he would support a US-mandated partition of any country, when his basic platform is all about how the U.S. government has no right to do about a billion things it's currently doing. Washington has no right to partition Iraq, or to centralize Bosnia, or to separate Kosovo. Dr. Paul knows this.

Witch-king of Angmar said...

just_a_serb, do not assume for a moment that the support for the Sunni, Shia and Kurdish warlords among the population isn't genuine or that it is imposed from outside. If these people can not unite and act together against an occupying power, how do you see them living together in peace? The Sunni-Shia divide is far older then the US or Saddam Hussein.

There is no such a thing as "Iraqi people" no more then there is such a thing as "Bosnian people". Nobody over there feels loyalty to Iraq, at least not as a place where three different ethno-religious groups live side by side with equal rights and obligations. Rather they all see it as territory over which they rule. I believe this is what Ron Paul was trying to say.

MOT said...

It's sadly ironic that the "butcher" Sadaam kept things under relative control while the liberators have brought more death and destruction to everyones door.