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Instead of Bombs and Bribes, Let’s Try Empathy and Trade
Representative Ron Paul, October 6, 2009
What if tomorrow morning you woke up to headlines that yet another Chinese drone bombing on U.S. soil killed several dozen ranchers in a rural community while they were sleeping? That a drone aircraft had come across the Canadian border in the middle of the night and carried out the latest of many attacks? What if it was claimed that many of the victims harbored anti-Chinese sentiments, but most of the dead were innocent women and children? And what if the Chinese administration, in an effort to improve its public image in the U.S., had approved an aid package to send funds to help with American roads and schools and promote Chinese values here?
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If our government really wanted to promote freedom, Americans would be free to travel and trade with whoever they wished. And if we would simply look at our own policies around the world through the eyes of others, we would understand how these actions make us more targeted and therefore less safe from terrorism. The only answer is get back to free trade with all and entangling alliances with none. It is our bombs and sanctions and condescending aid packages that isolate us.
Phi Beta Iota: Everything begins with INTEGRITY. With integrity, one can connect to reality and one another, and devie ends, ways, and means that are sustainable precisely because they make sense to one and all. We’re not there. Below is the grand strategy devised by the Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), a 501c3 Public Charity: