Kentucky Senator Rand Paul responded to his father's controversial 9/11 message
this year by more or less downplaying their importance, informs Politico.
"We're supposed to believe that the perpetrators of 9/11 hated us for our freedom and goodness," Ron Paul - or an approved staffer - wrote Wednesday. "In fact, that crime was blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East."
The younger Paul claimed in an interview Thursday that he hadn't heard his father's words until that day, and that in any case, what matters is how the US responds
to terrorism, not the motivation for certain horrific acts that may stem from a "combination of reasons."
"What I would say is that, you know there are a variety of reasons and when someone attacks you it's not so much important what they say their reasons are," stated Paul to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his radio program. "The most important thing is that we defend ourselves from attack."
Paul added: "The bottom line is, our enemies around the world need to know that if we're ever attacked on something like 9/11, if anyone were ever to use chemical weapons on our soldiers anywhere in the world, the response would be an overwhelming one from America."