In a Republican debate in Tampa last September, Ron Paul said:
This whole idea that the whole Muslim world is responsible for this and they’re attacking us because we’re free and prosperous, that is just not true.
Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit. They have been explicit and they wrote and said that ‘we attacked America because you had bases on our holy land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment …’
The audience has already started booing, but it was getting louder, so Paul claimed:
I didn’t say that. I’m trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing.
But then his next statement made it clear that he really does agree.
At the same time, we have been bombing and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis for ten years. Would you be annoyed? If you’re not annoyed then there’s some problem.
For a start, Paul was slandering our military, just like radical leftists including Obama’s “pastor” Jeremiah Wright and the disgraced academic Ward Churchill. However, it’s hard to think of any war where one side has been so careful to minimize civilian casualties. One report says:
according to the Iraq Body Count, an authoritative nongovernmental database of Iraqi civilian deaths, fewer than 12,000 Iraqis have died at the hands of American and coalition forces.
Moreover, reports CNSNews, the “IBC recorded 630 ‘non-combatant Iraqi deaths resulting directly from actions involving U.S.-led coalition forces’ in 2008, 80 in 2009, and 32 in 2010.
Paul may have taken a figure of total civilian deaths, which has been documented at 105,324–115,028—not “hundreds of thousands”. But many of those were at the hands of “insurgents” (terrorists), suicide bombers, sectarian violence, and increased crime—i.e. not by our troops.