Destined to remain a senator.
While I greatly appreciate Rand Paul’s energetic initiatives in trying to save The Republic from financial and political ruin, his comments about Christian supporters of Israel were misplaced, and in my opinion, made his chances of ever becoming the republican nominee for the presidency, that much more difficult.
His comments to BuzzFeed:
“I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that over eagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.”
I reject that statement, it is entirely ahistorical. The US has not once gone to war to solely safeguard Israeli interests, only stated US interests, that’s an important fact to remember. Israeli officials have long been on record as believing the Iraq war (nation building especially) to have been the wrong choice of target. Iran has always featured high in Israeli policy making and in discussions with their US counterparts.
Preemptive war, the concept of which, falls entirely within the parameters of what constitutes a legal action by a sovereign state during a time of crisis (in which a threat is deemed real) under international law. Look it up. The underpinnings of International law was formed from the basis of Christian thought, which of course includes the concept of self defense, and yes, even preemptively.
The UN Security council’s Chapter Six resolution in regards to the ending of the 67′ war between the Arab states and Israel, attests to the legality of the Israeli preemptive strike against its enemies who were amassing troops and weapons along its borders. It’s chilling to me that such a well read politician as Rand Paul surely is, wouldn’t know these plain facts.
Like I said, he faces an uphill battle among conservatives for their nomination due to his smack down. Read the latest from Commentary on the subject. I agree with Tobin. Click here.