Ron Paul: Sanctions against Iran are ‘acts of war’


Ron Paul

Los Angeles Times

Defending himself against charges of isolationism, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told voters in Iowa on Thursday that western sanctions against Iran are “acts of war” that are likely to lead to an actual war in the Middle East.

Paul, one of the leading contenders to win next week’s Iowa caucuses, said Iran would be justified in responding to the sanctions by blocking the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz.  He compared the western sanctions to a hypothetical move by China to block the Gulf of Mexico, which Americans would consider an act of war.

He also said he would not respond militarily to keep the strait open—because he would not consider it an act of war against the U.S.  But if he were president, he would report to Congress on the issue, leaving it up to lawmakers to declare war if they wanted. 

“I think we’re looking for trouble because we put these horrendous sanctions on Iran,” Paul told a midday audience at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa.  He said the Iranians are “planning to be bombed” and understandably would like to have a nuclear weapon, even though there is “no evidence whatsoever” that they have “enriched” uranium.

Apparently alluding to Israel and its nuclear-weapons arsenal, Paul said that “if I were an Iranian, I’d like to have a nuclear weapon, too, because you gain respect from them.”

To approving applause from a crowd of about 125, the Texas congressman said that “we always seem to have to have a country to bash,” linking the current saber-rattling against Iran to previous hawkish rhetoric that led to conflicts in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

“If you want to quiet things down,” he said, referring to Iran, “don’t put sanctions on them” because it’s “just going to cause more trouble.”

He said an Iranian blockade would be the most likely response to tighter sanctions because Iran has “no weapons of mass destruction” and shutting down the strait is “the most” it could do.

“I think the solution” to current tensions with Iran “is to do a lot less a lot sooner and mind our own business and then we would not have this threat of another war,” he said to applause.

  1. #1 by Dr. Tony on December 30, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    If Ron Paul keeps on making sense the Mossad will take him out.

  2. #2 by Rhonda Reichel on December 30, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    He speaks the truth

  3. #3 by Gary on December 30, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    I can’t wait for the whining jews and their useful lackies to react to his latest comments.

  4. #4 by drillerdoug on December 30, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    I agree totally with what he said about sanctions. The Fact remains he himself IS at best controlled opposition, nd at worst the worst kind of traitor to the American people. Laying a false hope in front of them thinking He can make the changes we need and want in this nation. Fact IS NO ONE can bring ZOG back from what it is. Join us in our Restored Republic and we will work Peacefully to regain our rightful place in the world as the Light Upon a Hill God Almighty created us All to be ! ! ! http://dev.republicoftheunitedstates.org/introduction/ You may hafta copy and paste this link to yer browser to see the intro. God bless us All ! ! !

  5. #5 by 30.06 on December 30, 2011 - 8:45 pm

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on December 31, 2011 - 5:48 am

    @30.06. : we need more people speaking out, as the woman in the video did, didn`t catch her name, but she has guts..

    I think we should enjoy our cheap flights while we can, travel is going to become very expensive..

  7. #7 by Greg Bacon on December 31, 2011 - 9:21 am

    Ron Paul says sanctions against Iran are an act of war

    There he goes again, telling the truth. No wonder the Zionist owned MSM hate Paul, he awakens people from the TalmudVision–or what some call TV–induced brainwashing that the USA is a shining city on the hill, the guy with the the white hat, riding to the rescue of those by bringing them democracy and liberty.

    Yes, we do ‘liberate’ some, like the 50,000 or so Libyans we ‘liberated’ from the burden of living by showing them how American democracy works; by sending a smart bomb into their homes.

    Roosevelt pulled this same BS against Japan in the 1930’s, hoping to provoke them into an actual fighting war and he got his wish.

    Will OBOMBA also get his wish?

  8. #8 by Lydia D. on December 31, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    Ron Paul is truly the only peacemaker of any of the candidates. He represents the majority of the American citizens. He started the movement and the awareness of just who controls us, this country will not go down without a fight.

  9. #9 by 30.06 on January 1, 2012 - 5:57 am

  10. #10 by Isaac on January 1, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    The parasites do not like Ron Paul because he speaks the truth. I am glad that more people are uncovering the reality that has been hiden from the American people for long time.

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