Ron Paul: Interventionism Causes Attacks
By Daily Bell Staff - December 01, 2015

Hours Before the Terror Attacks, Paris Practiced for a Mass Shooting … Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, from which 16 people died, Paris-area ambulance crews and emergency personnel have taken part in regular exercises designed to test their readiness for possible attacks. One such exercise was held on Friday morning, the day of the latest terror attacks. In a twist of fate, the simulated emergency was a mass shooting, according to Dr. Mathieu Raux, emergency room chief at the Pitié-Salpetrière hospital in Paris. During Friday's exercise, trauma specialists used a centralized dispatch system to set priorities and direct victims to the ER best equipped to treat their injuries. – Bloomberg

Dominant Social Theme: Training exercises involving terrorist violence are tragic coincidences.

Free-Market Analysis: Little noted in the English media, French television reporters have recently been grilling officials who have confessed to running terror drills featuring a "mass shooting" on the morning of the Paris attacks.

At the same time, libertarian politician Ron Paul has penned a column explaining that the West's current hyper-interventionism is causing the very terrorist attacks that such policies are intended to halt. (See article excerpt below.)

Entitled, "The War on Terror is Creating More Terror," Paul's column points out that "interventionism" is causing more problems than it is solving. Ron Paul's point certainly has applications to the exercises that seem to accompany many terror attacks.

Without "blowback" these terrorist attacks wouldn't be so common and the current wave of conspiratorial paranoia would be damped down as well. Unfortunately, this is not now the case. The emergence of the exercise in Paris on the day of the November attacks has only heightened suspicions that somehow – directly or tangentially – there is more to the narrative than what has been presented.

More from the Bloomberg article:

Ambulance services made sure they were ready to roll, and hospitals verified that surgeons and staff could be quickly summoned to treat arriving victims. "We tested every link in the chain," Raux said. Because Paris emergency physicians work 24-hour shifts, virtually every ER doctor on duty in the city Friday night had already taken part in the exercise earlier that day. The training paid off at Pitié-Salpetrière, a sprawling medical complex in southeastern Paris that specializes in emergency treatment of what doctors call "penetration trauma," such as gunshot wounds.

Of course, those on the Internet who wish to fuel their suspicions can find other such training exercises. Drills, for instance, were being held during the 9/11 terror attacks.

From Wikipedia:

Aside from military exercises, a National Reconnaissance Office drill was being conducted on September 11, 2001. In a simulated event, a small aircraft would crash into one of the towers of the agency's headquarters after experiencing a mechanical failure … According to its spokesman Art Haubold … "It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility, as soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise." Most of the agency's personnel were sent home after the attacks.

Wikipedia further notes a training exercise was being conducted during the July 2005 London terror bombings (often referred to as 7/7). These were a series of "coordinated suicide bomb attacks in central London which targeted civilians using the public transport system during the morning rush hour."

Wikipedia notes:

On the day of the bombings Peter Power of Visor Consultants gave interviews on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV saying that he was working on a crisis management simulation drill, in the City of London, "based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning", when he heard that an attack was going on in real life … After a few days he dismissed it as a "spooky coincidence" on Canadian TV.

The 2004 Madrid train bombings were "nearly simultaneous, coordinated bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid, Spain, on the morning of 11 March 2004." (Wikipedia.) The bombings killed nearly 200 commuters and injured nearly 2000. An inquiry held al Qaeda responsible.

However, the Madrid bombings, too, were accompanied by a terror drill. In this case it was a NATO crisis management exercise called "CMX 2004" and simulated a WMD terrorist attack. In Spain, the drill ended a day before the bombings.

Within this context, Ron Paul's point about interventionism is well taken. The more terror attacks there are, the more paranoia and suspicion advance. Were officials in the West not so fixated on confronting "terror" abroad, there would be fewer attacks on Western soil and less to talk about.

Here's an excerpt from Paul's article:

Interventionists will do anything to prevent Americans from seeing that their foreign policies are perpetuating terrorism and inspiring others to seek to harm us.

The neocons know that when it is understood that blowback is real – that people seek to attack us not because we are good and free but because we bomb and occupy their countries – their stranglehold over foreign policy will begin to slip.

That is why each time there is an event like the killings in Paris earlier this month, they rush to the television stations to terrify Americans into agreeing to even more bombing, more occupation, more surveillance at home, and more curtailment of our civil liberties.

Ron Paul quotes a recently-released 2015 Global Terrorism Index report that shows deaths from terrorism "have increased dramatically over the last 15 years – a period coinciding with the 'war on terrorism' that was supposed to end terrorism."

Paul is a realist and admits that a policy of non-interventionism would not suddenly turn the world into a "peaceful utopia." But he asks this perceptive question: "Does anyone really believe that continuing to do what increases terrorism will lead to a decrease in terrorism?"

One could ask the same question when it comes to official terror exercises and conspiracy theory. Having so many "spooky coincidences" is not healthy for the West's regulatory democracies, nor the officials in charge of it.

At some point, if terror attacks continue, paranoia will hit a critical mass and intel agencies as well as the military-industrial complex will find themselves faced with aggressive, unpleasant accusations.

After Thoughts

This is the real blowback – a visceral, public reaction to the "long war" that is now taking place serially around the world. If it occurs, it could get very ugly, indeed.

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  • max

    They were running a drill during the Boston bombing too I believe. There was also a fire there in a library near where the bombs went off that housed some of JFK’s docs that were about to be released after the 50 years expiration date. I think they were conveniently destroyed but don’t know for sure.

  • Pete P.

    On the morning of the Sandy Hook, Ct. school shooting there was an joint exercise of Federal, State and Local law enforcement, along with Fire ambulances and hospitals in the area, and too all of our amazement the shooting took place and these agencies were able to ‘re-deploy’ to the school located only 15 or so miles away from where the ‘Exercise’ took place.

  • Praetor

    DB is correct. The drills are probably, more than likely to insure the crazed, brainwashed, drug addled minds of the, so called terrorist do not get out of control, and end-up destroying some assets or killing some important people the TPTB do not want dead or structures damaged. The drill teams are more like castle guards, insuring the damage is limited, for now. Yes you can call it blowback or you can call it a ‘well planned coordinated attack by mercenaries’ and the mercenaries families are well compensated for their family members scarifies. Evil Dastards!!!

    • Centurian

      It also affords the chance for an impressive rapid response to improve the public perception about government capabilities and make us ask for even more.

  • Rich

    Draft Dr. Paul for POTUS and have him pick Rand for VP. Then watch the bankers squirm. It could also work with Rand for POTUS and Ron for VP. They can’t get to both of them

    • Rebecca

      Rand is too immature to be on the ticket.

  • Wrusssr
  • But for some reason folk just think we just need to mend ‘the state’, set right the errors in the way it works – tinker with the checks and balances, and it will all be sunshine and roses. Not me! I see the idea of ‘the state’ is hopeless, delivers nothing but failure, is designed to favour the favoured only, causes endless harm. And I see a stateless society will free humanity to find the most durable, optimal solutions and is morally legitimate in every way. Please would someone just show to me the proof ‘the state’ works and is legitimate – at any point throughout human history – and I will accept that model.

  • Tradeboy

    Here’s an interesting video showing the drill teams in France…

  • BO_stinks

    poverty has increased since the war on poverty too, hasn’t it?

  • Rebecca

    The purpose of these policies seems to be to take away freedom. Look how quickly the Patriot Act went through.

  • Alan

    There are probably different reasons for the drills. In the case of the London drills on 7/7 it is most likely that the four alleged British Muslim Terrorists were taking part in the drill that actually targetted the exact same three underground stations as the attacks themselves. The complete absence of CCTV photos of them – other than one dodgy one of them arriving at Luton station – plus the absence of witnesses who remember them on the damaged underground trains supports this. In addition they were even originally said to have got on a train at Luton that turned out to have been cancelled due to track problems in North London.