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Paul: U.S. 'occupation' leads to more terrorism

A day after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and hours before tonight's Republican debate, GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul doubled down on his non-interventionist foreign policy, arguing that occupation is the reason for suicide terrorism.

"Though it is hard for many to believe, honest studies show that the real motivation behind the September 11 attacks and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism is not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life. Neither is it our religion, or our wealth," he said in a statement posted on his congressional website.

"Rather, it is primarily occupation. If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases and armed soldiers present in our hometowns, you might begin to understand why foreign occupation upsets people so much."

Paul added, "Yes, the attacks of 9/11 deserved a response. But the manner in which we responded has allowed radicals in the Muslim world to advance a very threatening narrative about us and our motivation in occupying their lands."

He concluded, "The truth is that ending these misguided wars and occupations will make us safer, more prosperous and more free."