Criticising Israel is political suicide in America.
It shows Ron Pauls bravery and his belief in the truth that he is willing to speak out in front of such a crowd knowing their response will not be favourable.
'Talking tough' against terrorism is easy to do.
Trying to explain to the ignorant, the reasons behind terrorism is the hardest thing possible, especially when they don't want to hear the answer.
No other politican even comes close to him.
There is no doubt war and war-making is full of atrocities and horrors of all kinds.
But is it not true that what is required for peace-making is an ability to see both sides of the story?
There is no such thing as absolute truth. In fact, the belief that there is such a thing is what lies behind more wars than anything else in my opinion.
Here is the Israeli side of the story in brief as best I can make out.
When the jews first started going back in numbers to their historical land around the turn of the twentieth centuy, to escape the pogroms that were taking place right across europe, in the space of two thousand years their old country had reverted to desolate swamp and desert, sparsely populated by palestinian arabs living in worse than third world conditions. This is verified by all accounts from those times.
Through the kibbutz system they laboured crazy hours in mosquito infested swamps and sweltering desert, building irrigation channels, draining the swamps, and they succeeded in turning the land around to support farms and communities.
But later on, certain arab interests began inciting the palestinian arabs to carry out attacks on jewish settlements to further the personal political ends of these interests (even after the jews had largely lived in peace with, and brought great benefits to their palestinian neighbours up until these attacks started increasing and increasing).
It was at this stage that the military aspects of the kibbutzes started to come into being. And, leading up to their declaration of independence after the 1948 partition, they had to further develop the military aspects of kibbutz life to protect themselves from increasing attack.
What would you do?
I am coming to dislike Ron Paul's opinions and view of the world more and more, the more I hear from him.