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Mahmoud Mamdani on the Endless War on Terror & on Ron Paul Stirring-Up the GOP Debate

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Uploaded on Sep 14, 2011

DemocracyNow.org - In the most recent Republican presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 12, Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos from the crowd and a rebuke from other candidates on the podium when he criticized U.S. foreign policy in discussing the roots of the 9/11 attacks. Paul criticized U.S. foreign policy as a catalyst for terrorism stating, "We're under great threat because we occupy so many countries," Paul said. "...We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there?" He continued, "Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit... They wrote and said, 'We attacked America because you had bases on our holy land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment, and you have been bombing ... we had been bombing and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis for 10 years. Would you be annoyed? If you're not annoyed, then there's some problem.'" For more, Democracy Now! speaks with Professor Mahmoud Mamdani, author of several books including, "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror." Mamdani responded to Paul's comments by saying, "He sounds like a professor. He's trying to educate his audience and the audience is not ready to be educated, it wants to be rallied to a cause that it doesn't have to think about."

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