Ron Paul was booed at the CNN/Tea Party Republican debate after correctly saying that al Qaeda did not attack the United States because “we’re free,” but because of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, occupation in Saudi Arabia and the nation’s “unfair” treatment of Palestinians. Fox News reported this in 2004: Admitting for the first time that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks, bin Laden said he did so because of injustices against the Lebanese and Palestinians by Israel and the United States.
“This whole idea that the whole Muslim world is responsible for this and their attacking us because we’re free and prosperous, that is just not true,” he said, eliciting some cheers from the crowd.
But as he continued, the cheers were drowned out with boos.
“Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have been explicit, and they wrote and said that we attacked because you had bases on our holy lands in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment,” Paul said before being interrupted by more boos. “I didn’t say that, I’m just trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombings.”