Ron Paul forcefully came out against American intervention in Syria and warned of a potential a set-up by al-Qaeda to trigger Western intervention and aid in hopes of toppling the Assad regime.
“Assad, I don’t think is an idiot — I don’t think he would do this on purpose in order for the whole world to come down on them,” the former Texas congressman told Fox Business Network last night. “The implication is Assad committed 100,000 killings — there are a lot of factions out there, why don’t we ask about al-Qaeda?”
“I think it’s a false flag — I think really, indeed,” he added.
Paul said that al-Qaeda forces masquerading as rebels might be trying to receive arms from the U.S. and other members of the international coalition by making the chemical-weapons attack appear to be done by the regime. He also suspected that the U.S. is hesitant because it doesn’t have enough proof of Assad’s culpability.
“I think one of the reasons they say, ‘Well, this isn’t regime change,’ is because we’re not really positive who set off the gas,” Paul said. He urged the administration and Congress to “get to the truth” of the situation before acting.
Paul drew continued comparisons to the lead-up to Iraq, and worried of potential escalation if the U.S. were to intervene in Syria.