Cynthia McKinney: let Gaza live

Posted at On The Wilder Side

By Cynthia McKinney:

Today I participated in ANSWER’s march and rally, “Let Gaza Live” in Washington, D.C. Attendance was excellent despite the weather. Among the many friends in attendance, I met a young man and his daughter who had come all the way from Greensboro, North Carolina to participate. The crowd was one of the most diverse that I have ever seen. I think our message is reaching deep into our country’s heartland. Here are my remarks:

Cynthia McKinney
“Let Gaza Live”
Washington, D.C.
January 10, 2009

We don’t see the images. They are neatly censored from our view in this country. But everywhere else around the world the carnage that is Gaza is being seen and the people are revolted by what they see.

They see dead babies, decapitated bodies, defenseless relief workers killed. Maimed men, makeshift morgues, mortified mothers.

They see exploding white phosphorus shells, cluster bombs, depleted uranium munitions.

They see what is reportedly the world’s fourth most powerful military using all of its power against a defenseless people.

In fact, they are witnesses to 15 days of war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.

They see Hugo Chavez expel Venezuela’s Israeli Ambassador and they see lawmakers in Ecuador condemn Israel’s actions, calling for an investigation into Israel’s crimes against humanity.

And despite the obvious facts of an Israeli-sponsored terror campaign against Palestinians in Gaza, a piece of territory roughly twice the size of the District of Columbia, they see the U.S. Congress support a resolution totally supporting Israel, even though Israel is in violation of U.S. and international law.

They see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, swaggering in insult to black America by initially refusing to seat Roland Burris from Illinois in the Senate, yet that same Reid cowers before the pro-Israel lobby, and they wonder why.

And sadly, they see the U.S. President-elect, who roared onto the scene like a lion, remain as quiet as a lamb in the face of the utter inhumanity of Israel’s actions, and they wonder why.

And then, they see us. Gathered here in front of the White House, reaffirming our own humanity, and that of millions of people around the world, including in Israel, who disagree with this death and destruction. The tears of the Palestinians roll down our cheeks, even as we bury our own victims of police murder.

A new day is coming in U.S. politics. We will use the power of our vote to change U.S. policy. We will no longer check our values at the door and support politicians and political parties that fail to deliver.

Not one more bomb to Israel.

In defense of humanity, we will not give up and we will win.

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27 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney: let Gaza live

  1. Phred

    Cynthia,

    I find it terribly sad that you seem to point the finger solely at Israel. I find it sad that when qassam rockets are fired into Israel prior to these defensive moves, you were less vocal then you claim Barack Obama is now. When those Hamas rockets rain down indiscriminately into a sovereign Israel, the only thing Israel hears is silence from the rest of the world. Why are you not vocal then?

    Don’t get me wrong, one life lost is one too many, but please be sure to point the finger at yourself when you remain silent when hamas and 0thers attack the sovereignty and actual existence of Israel.

  2. derkel

    “Does Palestine have a state?”

    Yes. It is recognized by over 100 countries in the world, has boundaries, people, language, and culture. It meets all the requirements for being a country.

  3. Libertarian Joseph

    I still stand by my feeling that we should invade both Israel and Palestine, replace their coercive states with nothing. Once we take out the states, we sit by and let the people do their own thing, we also protect them from foreign armies, we should also hastily take out new states the emerge after the fall of the old states. States will return, in my opinion, only as a reaction to the old state falling, there’s always a state to replace another state, until you take them all out, then you’re left with free societies.

  4. derkel

    Palestine is basically two territories: Gaza and the West Bank.

    The Palestinian Authority is operating the West Bank (for now) and is working with our government to help build security forces and weed out militants.

    Hamas was supposedly governing Gaza, but I don’t there is anything functioning there right now.

    I think the hope would be to let the PA regain control of the West Bank.

  5. derkel

    I need to edit before I submit.

    “I think the hope would be to let the PA regain control of the West Bank.”

    I meant I think the hope would be to let the PA regain control of Gaza.

  6. derkel

    “I think we should try out some anarchic experiments over there”

    I thought that was happening in Somalia? Dozens of people are dying every day, but hey some types of businesses are flourishing.

  7. Catholic Trotskyist

    Joseph, people doing their own thing will cause states to return. If another state, or even a private military force, invades these states, that’s not letting the people do their own thing.

    Free Free Palestine, Long live the Intifada. Israel has killed over 100 times more Palestinians compared to the amount of their own people who have been killed. Israel should show the real superiority of the Jewish people by leaving and stopping their illegal occupation terror state regime in the Middle East and scattering around the world.

    God bless Richard John Neuhass, God bless Claiborne Pell, God bless the peace-loving warrior peoples of Palestine, amen.

  8. Phred

    Catholic Trotskyist – your comment is absolutely absurd. You want the Jewish people to “scatter around the world” – I can’t even believe they let people post things like that, or how as a person can you even think like that.

    It seems like Golda Meir is more and more right when she said that the arabs will stop fighting when they love their children more then they hate the Jews – seems so right when considering hamas uses its own children as shields, and soldiers. That’s truly criminal and sad

  9. derkel

    Phred,

    It’s nice you can parrot Meir’s cute little one-liner, but unfortunately it doesn’t address reality.

    I created my own…

    “The rockets into Israel will stop when the Israeli government cares more about their children than oppressing the Palestinians and stealing their land.”

    See how easy these one-liners are?

  10. Sheikh Yerbouti

    seems so right when considering hamas uses its own children as shields,

    ALL countries do this. Even the US. Recall the children (used as shields) at the Murrah (sp) building in Oklahoma City a few years ago.

  11. rika

    Cynthia McKinney

    Nation is proud of you . We at least have somebody who can write TRUTH.

    Salute to you.
    God bless you.

  12. Phred

    derkel,

    I wasn’t trying to be cute, it’s unfortunately a line that rings out true, much like hamas’ mandate to destroy Israel – but people don’t seemed to be troubled by that. Speaking to your quote, Israel tried that, and it was the Palestinian leadership that let their people down – which is something else that is easily forgotten.

    And to my Frank Zappa friend, you must be referring to the daycare that was in the building, seems a bit different then firing rockets from school yards into a sovereign nation, but maybe not.

  13. derkel

    Phred,

    I disagree. It is not a line that holds true at all really. For Hamas, maybe. For general Palestinians not really. They just want to live in peace like the Israelis.

    The Israeli government has never once actually tried to find peace either. They have never withdrew from all illegal settlements in the West Bank (over 200), knocked down their illegal Bethlehem wall, lifted the martial law that has been in place for 41 years, or leave the Palestinians to themselves. They may not have been attacking, but they still had every single one of those policies in place.

    I could go on, but I think you get the point. To paint this as only one side is to blame does not due reality justice.

  14. Libertarian Joseph

    derkel: “I thought that was happening in Somalia? Dozens of people are dying every day, but hey some types of businesses are flourishing.”

    Wow, only dozens? It’s a success! 🙂

    CT: “Joseph, people doing their own thing will cause states to return. If another state, or even a private military force, invades these states, that’s not letting the people do their own thing.”

    States are evil, taking them out is about the only thing a military is good for. Well, if your theory is correct, then, I will gladly pose the question; How many times must we sack Baghdad? lol

  15. Libertarian Joseph

    Answer: until the people are free from statism, or until our government chooses to leave, for political and/or monetary reasons. Governments aren’t bad, states are. Governments are meant to be organzations, not mafia, that carves out vast territories for itself. Leave the carving to the people!

  16. Libertarian Joseph

    I’m not a warmonger. I’m just saying, why the hell not? Enough with tolerating states. I’m not sure we’ll ever see such a free super power, but it’s fun to think about it.

  17. john

    I support Cynthia McKinney words.

    We must stop de racist israeli regime, we must support an international Boicot campaign against this colonial state until tehy stop the murder and etnic cleansing of palestinians. It was possible to overcome racist apartheid in South Africa, it will be also possible defeat zionism

  18. Azizah

    Ms. Mckinney,
    May God continue to bless you and your family. I was just reading on Al-Jazeera that you were an advocate of the people of Palestine. Anyone who has experience oppression or who has been an underdog would understand the plight of the people in Gaza. Most of us are Gaza, most of us are the Palestinians. Unfortunately, we live in a society where words are spoken but there is little meaning to those words, people just utter words because they can speak, the rule applies to some but not all, hence the many problems we are currently facing. As for those Americans who condone Israel nasty tactics and desire to control the people they consider to be akum or goyims, I hope when Israel starts to use these same aggressive behaviors on you, you will realize it. Jews do not like Christians anymore than they like Muslims. Read the talmud and it will be clear spell out what they feel about the Christians. Wake up people and realize what is happening in this world. Observe reality and don’t not let the one sided, bias jewish run media try to implant or ingrain false information in you brains. Be honest with yourselves at least once in your life.

  19. Azizah

    Jews love control and power; some where a long the way, they made changes in the Bible and declared themselves as the “choosen people”. I wonder what were they choosen for? They are a people who believe that they should conquer and defeat at whatever cost. With such mentality how could we expect peace in the ME? Their greed and love for money is clearly seen from way back when. Shakespeare tells us about them in the Merchant of Venice. Anyone remembers Shylock? He was a jew, so is modern day Madoff and Marcus Schrenker just to name a couple. LONG LIVE GAZA. FREE FREE PALESTINE, OCCUPATION IS A CRIME.

  20. Asren

    Libertarian Joseph, are you actually suggesting we use the power of the state to create foreign anarchies? Isn’t that counterintuitive? Or are you suggesting we do as a social experiment to decide for ourselves if we’d like to try it?

    I can see libertarianism’s point. The state does rely on physical force to enforce its laws. Many people don’t recognize this even when asked or even when it’s pointed out but it’s a reality that must be recognized. I think the harm done to people when enforcing the law, even harm done to people for doing harm should be weighed as a negative in evaluating a decision’s utility.

    But unlike a libertarian I don’t assume that every single case where physical force is used against people for something besides physical force is a bad thing. It depends on whether the good of the policy outweighs the bad. Many people don’t include the harm applied to offenders in weighing a law’s utility, which is how we wind up with laws passed purely for aesthetic reasons (examples: lawn laws, laws against public nudity). Health care is an example of when I believe that the good it provides outweighs the bad. The negative of universal health care i.e. force used to gather taxes to fund free health care for all is outweighed by the positive i.e. saving human lives and keeping people healthy.

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