- The U.S. defiles Islam with military bases on holy land in Saudi Arabia,
- its initiation of war against Iraq, with 12 years of persistent bombing,
- and its dollars and weapons being used against the Palestinians as the Palestinian territory shrinks and Israel’s occupation expands.
To dismiss terrorism as the result of Muslims hating us because we’re rich and free is one of the greatest foreign-policy frauds ever perpetrated on the American people. Because the propaganda machine, the media, and the government have restated this so many times, the majority now accept it at face value. And the administration gets the political cover it needs to pursue a “holy” war for democracy against the infidels who hate us for our goodness."
- Ron Paul in the US House of Representatives, January 29, 2003