From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 10 2009 - 10:13:00 EST
Paul holds US liable for Gazans death
Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:45:03 GMT
Republican congressman Ron Paul says the US is aiding and abetting
Israel in Gaza through its financial and military support for Tel Aviv.
"The weapons being used to kill so many Palestinians are American
weapons, and American funds, essentially, are being used for this," said
the congressman Friday.
Israel launched an all-out war against the Gaza Strip and its
democratically-elected ruler, the Hamas movement, to put an end to
rocket attacks against southern Israel.
At least 821 Palestinians have been killed during the operation and some
3,330 others are reported wounded. At least 10 Israeli troops have been
killed during the offensive so far.
Hamas demands a cessation to an 18-month Israeli blockade on Gaza before
its fighters stop rocket attacks against Israel.
Congressman Paul criticized Washington for its indirect intervention in
the affairs of other countries.
"There's a political liability, which I think is something that we fail
to look at, because too often there's so much blowback from our
intervention in areas that we shouldn't be involved in," he said.
Paul also expressed his opposition to a House resolution that strongly
supported Israel in its Gaza invasion. "I rise in opposition to this
resolution, not because I am taking sides and picking who the bad guys
are and who the good guys are."
"I'm looking at this more from the angle of being a United States
citizen, an American, and I think resolutions like this really do us
great harm," he added.
Earlier on Friday, House of Representative speaker Nancy Pelosi backed
the Israel's military operations on Gaza, saying that "Israel, like any
nation, has a right to self-defense when under attack".
"There's a lot of reasons why we should oppose this resolution. It is
not in the interests of the United States. It's not in the interests of
Israel, either," Paul concluded.
The fighting in Gaza has entered its third week despite a UN Security
Council resolution which calls for an immediate end to the hostility in
the densely-populated Gaza Strip.
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