The Book of Ron Paul
1997 Ron Paul Chapter 83
4 September 1997
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The SPEAKER. For what purpose does the gentleman from Texas rise?
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Mr. PAUL. Request unanimous consent to address the House for 1 minute.
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The SPEAKER. The gentleman is recognized for 1 minute.
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, NATO has announced it will now use lethal force in Bosnia. NATO, of course, means the United States, both our dollars and our troops. Little concern is shown here in Congress as we appropriate billions of dollars more for Bosnia with no end in sight.
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Policing this area is an impossible task as NATO interferes with TV broadcasts and arresting and trying so-called war criminals. Current policy is only leading to an escalation of the conflict. Ethnic hatred and border fights have been going on in this region for centuries.
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The U.S. will not solve these problems. It is impossible for us to do so. We are already being blamed by the Bosnians as our troops are being attacked with stones and homemade weapons. Congress must bear some of the responsibility for the coming policy disaster. The President cannot act without funds, funds which only Congress can appropriate. Our efforts in Bosnia have nothing to do with national security. We have a responsibility to our troops and our current policy exposes them to unwarranted danger.
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Congress must defund the Bosnian conflict. The sooner we get out of Bosnia, the better.