With the news that Ron Paul has won the Virginia straw poll despite "electioneering" by the doctrinaire Virginia Republican party, I am reevaluating my opinion of his candidacy.
Paul's political leanings are somewhat close to mine. Not identical, but close. For instance, I do not believe that the United States invited or encouraged the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 by our involvement in the enforcement of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Let us lay that blame where it properly belongs: On the incompetence and dereliction of duty of ex-president William Jefferson Clinton, and his administration's pussy-footed reaction to every terror attack during his reign. One cannot treat terrorists as criminals. They are vermin, and should be exterminated.
Which brings me to something I find honorable about Ron Paul. Although he would not be willing to use our military to fight the War on Terror, he would, in certain circumstances, be in favor of granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal. By giving non-government individuals and groups the right to capture/kill terrorists outside of our borders (what the hell, within them as well), the bastards would be constantly looking over their shoulders, trying to find the axe they hear whistling towards their necks. It would have a serious detrimental effect on their operational security, for as much as they profess their readiness to kill (and be killed) for Allah, most would not be willing to be captured or to die an unspectacular death.
Ron Paul introduced the Air Piracy and Capture Act of 2001 and the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. Not law, but a good idea. Anyone interested in being a privateer?