Don't Meddle in China

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Before
the US House of Representatives, December 7, 2010, on resolution
congratulating Liu Xiaobob on Nobel Peace Prize

Mr. Speaker,
I rise in opposition to this resolution as I do not believe it is
our place, as Members of the U.S. Congress, to dictate internal
policy to the Chinese government. Obviously, as an advocate of minimal
government and personal liberty, I do not support imprisoning individuals
for their political views and believe that anyone held anywhere
for merely holding unpopular views – including anyone held
in the United States – should be released. I do object to the
meddling in this bill which falsely advertises itself as a non-controversial
expression of congratulations to a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

As one who
believes strongly in national sovereignty and is opposed to the
idea of a world governmental authority, I particularly object to
the sentiment expressed in this bill that "violations of human
rights in general … are matters of legitimate concern to other
governments.” This idea is the recipe for abominations such as
the "humanitarian” bombing of Serbia in 1999 and is used by
those who wish to maintain the current disastrous occupation of
Afghanistan. As we can see from interventions such as the U.S. attack
on Iraq, which was at least partly sold as a humanitarian-inspired
overthrow of a dictator, sometimes the "cure” is worse than
the disease particularly when one calculates the number dead from
the intervention and the number actually killed by the regime being
replaced.

I find it
ironic that, at a time when the U.S. government is desperately attempting
to censor the publication of sensitive leaked information that it
considers embarrassing and is demonizing and calling for the prosecution
or worse of the publisher of that information, Julian Assange, this
resolution "calls on the Government of China to cease censoring
media and Internet reporting of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize
to Liu Xiaobo and to cease its campaign of defamation against Liu
Xiaobo.”

In the interest
of a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy I must therefore oppose
this resolution and will continue to oppose any meddling in the
domestic affairs of foreign countries.

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December
10, 2010

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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