Saturday, December 29, 2007

How To Stop Terrorists from Following Us Home

"No amount of military might used abroad does us much good if the American people are not safe in their own communities."--Ron Paul, January 7, 2002

Unfortunately, the government all but rolled out the red carpet for the 9/11 terrorists:

Some of the 19 September 11 hijackers were allowed into the country despite carrying fraudulent visas and being questioned by customs agents, the commission said. (CNN)

The government fails to issue valid visas carefully, spot invalid visas, monitor expirations, or enforce existing laws.
  • Anti-terrorism does NOT require a trillion-dollar "Global War on Terror" (TM) with thousands of American dead across the world.
  • Anti-terrorism does require simply NOT inviting terrorists into our country (visas).
  • Anti-terrorism does require simply enforcing the immigration laws that already were on the books before 9/11.
  • Denying a visa costs "pocket change" and has a historically low casualty rate.
"We must fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" is flawed logic:
  • Being there adds trouble: Osama bin Laden's stated reason for terrorism is that we are over there: "First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula . . . The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post." (1998 fatwa)
  • Being there weakens us: Our forces over there strip our defenses at home (guarding Iraq's borders instead of guarding US borders).
"So we don't have to fight them over here" is achieved most easily by:
  • Not INVITING them into our country.
  • Putting our border patrol on OUR border, not IRAQ's border where they are now.
A smart hawk wants to focus efforts where they will do the most good.

Ron Paul knows that any new law should focus on foreigners, not Americans, on illegal immigrants, not legal immigrants--and should focus specifically on likely terrorists.

Captain Ron Paul's focused anti-terrorism strategy led the way in restricting Saudi visas and seeks to strengthen immigration/visa laws against terrorist states:

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