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“There is no other light. There is no other nation. There is no other example,” Mr. Rubio said.

Mr. Paul argued that well-intentioned meddling by the U.S. has helped the country’s enemies and hurt the innocent.

The Kentuckian bemoaned the Senate’s attempt “to arm the rebel forces in Syria, many of whom are al Qaeda or affiliates.” U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, he said, will bring “more violence and more persecution of Christians, who have long been protected in Syria.”

Taking a stand that polls show Americans in both parties increasingly support, Mr. Paul noted that during “the Iraq War, over a quarter-million Iraqi Christians fled Iraq. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, but his government was secular and therefore relatively safe for Christians. Christians, however, feared the Shiite government that we helped put in place after Saddam, and they fled in droves [to] Syria, joining the over 1 million Syrians who have lived as Christians since the time of Christ.”