FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2012
LIBERTARIANS FOR PEACE
ENCOURAGES STRONG NONINTERVENTIONIST CANDIDATES,
CRITICIZES LIBERTARIAN PARTY “ISRAEL LOBBY” LEADER
On the eve of the Libertarian Party’s 2012 National Convention – celebrating the party’s 40th
anniversary – members of Libertarians for Peace caucus of the party encourage the Presidential and
Vice Presidential candidates to promote the strong pro-peace and noninterventionist platform of the
Libertarian Party which reads:
American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should
emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding
foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention,
including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and
defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of
terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or
by political or revolutionary groups.
* We applaud nominee for LP presidential candidate R. Lee Wrights who has made central to his
campaign an unqualified pledge to stop all U.S. wars through ending foreign alliances, closing down
military bases and bringing the troops home.
* We applaud nominee Governor Gary Johnson’s strong opposition to the war in Afghanistan but
want to hear him speak even more firmly against entangling alliances; unequivocably against the
U.S. supporting in any way an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran; in full support of the U.S. quickly shutting
down of Guantanamo detention camp and all foreign bases, as well as bringing all U.S. troops home.
These positions have brought massive support for Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul – and
the Libertarian Party candidate certainly can do no less.
* We applaud Vice Presidential nominee Judge James P. Gray’s support for Palestinian human and
property rights, and the right to self-determination in their own state, but hope Gray, like Johnson,
also will adopt an even stronger noninterventionist stand.
Libertarians for Peace also strongly criticizes statements by Wayne Allyn Root, the leader of
the Libertarian Party’s small defacto “Israel lobby.” As the 2008 Libertarian Party vice presidential
candidate and/or as a Libertarian National Committee member Root publicly has stated: he is “as
pro-Israel as any human being in the world can possibly be”; his rejection of Palestinian property
rights crying he was “sickened and outraged by Obama’s demand for Israel to return to its 1967
borders”; arguments regarded as “Islamophobic”; that libertarians should not criticize Israel because
Jews “provide a majority of the donations to Democratic politicians” and to Republicans and that only
by taking such money can the Libertarian Party succeed; his endorsement of Gary Johnson with the
statement that Johnson is “A Libertarian in every way…yet still a huge supporter of Israel.”
For more information about these issues go to our web site .
The press release, including quite a bit of supporting documentation, can be found right here .
Is is important to note that neither Gary Johnson nor James Gray are official candidates at the time. The choices will be made at the Libertarian National Convention in Las Vegas, May 5, 2012.