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Ron Paul defends Putin in the wake of the Malaysian airliner shoot down

Ron Paul at a 2012 presidential debate on the right
Ron Paul at a 2012 presidential debate on the right
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Ron Paul, the former congressman from Texas and several times presidential candidate, was a hero to many for his libertarian views. But more often than not he said many alarming things, especially about foreign policy. For example, he blamed 9/11 on American foreign policy and not, as most people do, hate filled Islamist fanatics.

Paul may be retired from politics, but according to Monday story in the National Journal, he has not retired from saying alarming things. In the wake of the shoot down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine by Russian backed rebels, Paul has sprung to the defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He mounted this defense on his website, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

“Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the crash!”

Most intelligence sources have identified the Russian made BUK SA-11 launcher. There is also phone audio of a Ukrainian separatist commander boasting of having downed the plane. The evidence seems to be irrefutable that the Russian supported Ukrainian separatists shot down the airliner, likely under the impression that they were firing on a Ukrainian transport plane.

This did not stop Paul from attacking the Ukraine for allegedly instigating the crisis that has involved Russian seizing the Crimea and currently attempting the same in the Eastern Crimea. He noted, correctly, that Putin and Russia does not benefit from the shoot down of the Malaysian airline. He suggested that the Ukraine does. What he might be implying he left as an exercise for the reader.