Last week, former Representative Ron Paul said that the United States should avoid meddling in the Syrian civil war, because U.S. intervention will benefit al-Qaida. The former lawmaker also posited that al-Qaida may have been responsible for the reported use of chemical weapons that has been blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
“We are not really positive who set off the gas,” Paul said, continuing, “The group that is most likely to benefit from that is Al-Qaida. They ignite some gas; some people die and blame it on Assad.”
The longtime lawmaker and libertarian hero contends that the United States would be better off further investigating the extent to which Islamic extremists have aligned themselves with the Syrian rebels.
“The implication is that Assad committed 100,000 killings,” he told FOX News’s Neil Cavuto. “There are a lot of factions out there, why don’t we ask about the al-Qaida? Why are we on the side of the al-Qaida right now? So I think they want the weapons. The rebels want the weapons. There’s a bunch of people in there and al-Qaida is part of it, and this is the test for us to drop a couple of bombs and then send in weapons.”
“Assad, I don’t think, is an idiot,” Paul continued. “I don’t think he would do this on purpose in order for the whole world to come down on him.”
Paul went on to suggest that U.S. military intervention in Syria will likely have unintended consequences.
“What if there is an accident and 100 Russians get killed by our bombs? Who knows? Some type of unintended consequences. Wars always expand because of unintended consequences. They always provide short-term war. Just think of all the promises over in Iraq: short term; not much money; it’s over; we’ll get that oil. And don’t believe it,” he said.
“We should look at what’s best for America. And not trying to pick sides in an impossible war like this won’t be on the side of the American people. And the American people, by a very large majority, are opposed to this war. The Constitution can’t support this war and morally we can’t support this war, getting involved in a civil war and a strife that’s been going on in that region for thousands of years,” he said.