Last week, one of Ron Paul’s websites published a column by 9/11 truther and unhinged wingnut Paul Craig Roberts claiming that the attack on Charlie Hebdo was a false flag operation carried out by the American government to punish France for not agreeing with much of our foreign policy. Ron Paul says it’s okay because they’re “just asking questions” and searching for truth.
Two days after the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity republished a column suggesting that last week’s terror attack on the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was a “false flag operation,” the former congressman himself weighed in on the conspiracy theory Friday, saying his group ran the column simply to pose some questions about the official version of events.
In the column, paleoconservative crank and Reagan administration Treasury Department official Paul Craig Roberts cast doubt on the notion that the Paris attack truly stemmed from Muslim anger over Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons lampooning Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Roberts, a notorious 9/11 truther, speculated that the U.S. government executed the attack to punish France for its independent foreign policy, citing its vote at the United Nations to recognize Palestine as a state and French President Francois Hollande’s recent call to ease sanctions on Russia.
“Clearly, France was showing too much foreign policy independence. The attack on Charlie Hebdo serves to cow France and place France back under Washington’s thumb,” Roberts wrote…
Though Paul maintained that the column wasn’t a declaration that the U.S. government carried out the attacks — it was merely an effort “to try to get the truth out,” he said — he also implied that he finds Roberts’ theory plausible.
Isn’t that always the excuse for such nonsense? They’re just asking questions!