Ron Paul on his Anti-War Book

"Religion has been hijacked by the non believers and used to support war"

- Ron Paul, Swords Into Plowshares

In his new book, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul argues that Zionism has fueled "extreme interference in the Middle East" in the post-9/11 world.

"There is theocracy when the theologians gain control of the state to offer salvation and eternal life through using force to impose their will and enforce their rules. Theocracy has always been abused. The Founders feared it and worked hard to prevent it.

"Supporters of radical Islam frequently endorse a theocratic system. Aggressive Christian Zionists also like to use the state to promote their theological beliefs, especially in foreign policy and with social gospel teachings. Zionism has played a role in our post-9/11 march toward empire, and its influence has encouraged extreme interference in the Middle East."

Later in the chapter, according to BuzzFeed, Paul writes, "The U.S. Empire received a big boost from the 9/11 attack."

"Paul O'Neill, George W. Bush's first secretary of the treasury, reported he was shocked that in the very first National Security Council meeting — ten days after Bush's January 2001 inauguration — the discussion was about when, not if, the U.S. should invade Iraq," Paul writes.

The former congressman, who represented both the Republican and Libertarian parties during his time in office, also addresses the Patriot Act, saying it "was written a long time before 9/11, when the conditions were not ripe for its passage. Nine-eleven took care of that."

Last week, Paul told Newsmax TV he is in favor of the recent deal struck with Iran over its nuclear program despite cries from its critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the deal could potentially have devastating consequences for Israel and the United States.

"There's something to be said about moving in the direction of at least talking to people instead of saying, 'All right, you're scoundrels, we'll keep our $100 billion we've taken from you and all options are on the table, like if you don't do what we tell you, we're allowed to use our nuclear weapons against you,'" Paul said. "The tone has been changed. It's to our benefit; it's to the benefit of world peace.