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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 9

Iraq

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12 February 1998


(Mr. PAUL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

1998 Ron Paul 9:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, the morning papers today recorded that Russia was providing weapons technology to Iraq. We have known for years that China has done the same thing. Does this mean that we must attack them as well as Iraq?

1998 Ron Paul 9:2
Instead, though, we give foreign aid to both China and to Russia, so indirectly we are subsidizing the very weapons that we are trying to eliminate.

1998 Ron Paul 9:3
I would like to remind my colleagues that bombing a country, especially one halfway around the world that is not a direct threat to our security, is not a moral act. A moral war is one that is defensive and a legal war is one that is declared by Congress. We should only pursue an act of war when our national security is threatened.

1998 Ron Paul 9:4
Bombing will solve nothing. It will open up a can of worms. We should not condone it. We should not endorse it. We should not encourage it.

1998 Ron Paul 9:5
Please think carefully before we permit our President to pursue this war adventure.

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