Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul thinks that the United States doesn't understand terrorism and that the country is worse off than before than the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
"We've made things much worse," Paul said on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" Wednesday.
Paul is a known opponent of war; he voted against both Iraq wars and the war in Kosovo.
"Before we invaded Iraq, the Iraqis had never committed any acts of suicide terrorism. By 2007, they were committing over 300 acts of terrorism against Americans or allies of Americans," he said.
Many politicians are weighing in with their thoughts on terrorism and our fight against it with the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 looming in just a few short days.
President Barack Obama
President Obama kicked off the 10-year remembrance of Sept. 11 with a speech earlier this week to the 93rd annual convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis.
"Today we pay humble tribute to the more than 6,200 Americans in uniform who have given their lives in this hard decade of war. We honor them all," Obama said. "Thanks to these Americans, we're moving forward from a position of strength."
The sacrifices of many military men and women allowed the Navy SEAL Team Six to locate and kill 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden on May 1.
Obama is calling for another day of service in remembrance of this year's anniversary, just like he has in years past.
"In the days and week ahead, folks across the country in all 50 states will come together in their communities or neighborhoods to honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity," he said in a recent speech.
One of Paul's Republican presidential rivals, Mitt Romney, recently changed his view on whether or not 9/11 terrorists should be tried on U.S. soil.
"An inexperienced and naive president has finally reversed himself on Guantanamo and terrorist trials," Romney said in April of the Obama administration decision not to try 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed in the United States. "Let's hope he sees the light on his other flawed policies."
However, Romney recently told Fox News that he'd like freed Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to be tried in the United States, seemingly reversing his view on terrorism trials.
No matter the political views, both Republicans and Democrats can likely agree on one thing: We have to remember the victims on September 11, not the terrorists.
Meagan Morris is a freelance multimedia journalist who focuses her work around important cultural and women's issues around the globe. Follow her on Twitter @upsidemeagan.
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