Former US Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke today about how the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria escalated due to the “unintended consequences” of American foreign policy.
Paul was speaking on his programme the Liberty Report about four countries facing major famines, including Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia.
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Co-host Daniel McAdams started off calling those countries “victims of outside interference”. On Nigeria, he recalled that after the US overthrew and killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the “guns scattered” from Libya and “a massive shipment of weapons” ended up in the hands of Boko Haram, an offshoot Al Qaeda in northeast Nigeria. He described this arms boost as being like an “insurgency on steroids”
Paul said it “destabilised Nigeria” and that “hunger and poverty are a consequence everywhere we have gone”. Years of US interventions reproduced the same results in South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. He ended by suggesting non-intervention by the US in the affairs of other countries would make the world a better place.