2008 Green Party Prez Candidate Cynthia McKinney Comments On Gaza Flotilla

Posted by Ian Wilder at onthewilderside.com, a Green-friendly blog

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead
of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

People of the U.S. and the world
must end Israeli impunity now!

I am outraged at Israel’s latest criminal act. I mourn with my fellow Free Gaza travelers, the lives that have been lost by Israel’s needless, senseless act against unarmed humanitarian activists. But I’m even more outraged that once again, Israel’s actions have been aided and abetted by a U.S. political class that has become corrupted beyond belief due to its reliance on Zionist finance and penetration by Zionist zealots for whom no U.S. weapons system is too much for the Israeli war machine, and the silence of the world’s onlookers whose hearts have grown cold with indifference.

I recently visited the offices of IHH, the Turkish humanitarian organization that sponsored one of the Freedom Flotilla boats, and that was targeted by the Israelis for its murderous rampage. Reports are still coming in as to the full extent of the senseless Israeli violence. Of course, I expect Israel’s apologists in the press and in the United States government to shift into high gear to support Israel’s lying machine. Take note of their names. The 12,000 internet squatters/written word grenade throwers, hired by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to defend Israel and attack peace activists online, are already busy spreading their orchestrated disinformation in cyberspace. Be very careful what you read and believe from special interest press and the internet. You could be reading one of Israel’s hired hacks. As a news diversion from what Israel has just done, I suspect that we can also expect to see a lot of historical footage of war’s atrocities on television: today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day long ago set aside to remember the sacrifices of U.S. war dead.

I encouraged and supported U.S.S. Liberty veteran Joe Meadors’s participation in the Freedom Flotilla. Unfortunately, the fate of the U.S.S. Liberty innocents on the high seas, while in international waters, has now been visited upon the participants in the Freedom Flotilla, in large measure because of the Congressional- and Presidential-level cover-up of the 1967 Israeli attack on that U.S. surveillance ship. Combined with the failure of just about every other effort to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes against the peace. Belgium and Spain changed their domestic laws of universal jurisdiction after Israeli appeals to do so. The entire musical chairs gang of rotating Israeli leadership are war criminals. During my imprisonment in Israel for attempting to take crayons to the children of Gaza, I called Israel a failed state. If Israel is threatened by unarmed, humanitarian activists to the point of massacring them, then Israel is a failed state. Israel is a failed nuclear state.

Obama’s most recent granting of an additional $205 million for Israeli “missile defense” is unconscionable, when in the same week, reports revealed for the first time, Israel’s offer of nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa. Just last week, a paper bearing the signature of former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, was released by South Africa, revealing that in 1975, Israel could offer South Africa nuclear weapons “in three sizes.” South Africa’s then-Minister of Defense, P.W. Botha, was South Africa’s signatory to the letter. This information would make the entire Obama Administration look sadly farcical as it points an accusing finger at Iran, except that U.S. obeisance to the Israeli bloodthirst is deadly serious. With deadly outcomes.

Earlier this month, Israel was granted admission to the Organization of Economic and Community Development (OECD), a direct affront to ongoing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) efforts across the world. Once again, Israel has thumbed its nose at the global community–with bloody results–because it can.

I am proud to serve on the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Its next sitting will be in London, where we will examine corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestine. The Tribunal will sit from November 5 – 7. Please put this on your calendar. We all must do what we can, where we are to end wars against the people at home and wars against human rights abroad.

Finally, a friend just sent a message to me saying that the Israelis had lost their minds. Sadly, based on the past, the Israelis could very well conclude that they can do anything–imprison me for trying to take love to the children of Gaza and kill humanitarian activists trying to do the same–because they know, in the end, they’ll get away with it. Instead, I would suggest that we are the ones who have lost our minds, our souls, our spirits, and our human dignity if we allow the Israelis to get away with murder–again–and we do nothing.

I am calling on the people of the United States to change course now.

On this Memorial Day 2010, I am stunned and outraged beyond belief while mourning the dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

[Links attached to Cynthia McKinney’s message:]



Short Bio

Cynthia McKinney is a former US Congresswoman and a member of the Green Party since 2007.  She served six terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat. In 2008, the Green Party nominated McKinney for President of the United States. [Info from Wikipedia.org]

12 thoughts on “2008 Green Party Prez Candidate Cynthia McKinney Comments On Gaza Flotilla

  1. Ian Wilder

    I have long taken issue with the use if the word “Zionist” because of its widely varying meaning. Many Israeli supports use the term Zionist to describe people who support Israel’s right to exist and label anyone who questions Israel as “anti-Zionist” meaning they oppose Israel’s right to exist. While peace activists use Zionist to describe the supporters to describe those that support any use of the Israeli military no matter the circumstances and consider anti-Zionists to be those who propose a pacifist path.

  2. Carol Moore

    Historically leading Zionists called for expelling Arabs from the land, which of course is what they’ve been doing over the last 60 years, in order to make it a majority – or preferably an exclusively – Jewish state. This is what the protests are about. An all-Jewish Israel established on private property justly acquired by Jews would not have motivated worldwide accusations of oppression and apartheid. But Israel chose to go the route of conquest, massacres, land grabs, hustling dispossed people into defacto concentration camps and using overwhelming military force against those who object. Not to mention threatening to use nuclear weapons against Arab and Europe capitals should it ever seriously risk losing much of that stolen land. Not a very libertarian nation, to say the least. But a pretty typical national socialist state.

  3. clay

    As someone who’s been a member of the Green Party for six years I have to say that I can’t stand McKinney. The more I think about her, the more I think my biggest criticisms exist because she just doesn’t seem to care as much about what’s going on on her native soil as she does about what happens overseas.

    I always get the impression from her that she’s completely disinterested in law and economics and public policy apart from how these things impact large groups of individuals as large groups, and that the world ia made up of large groups, and that we need to envision a world where each group is treated fairly. I guess this way of thinking is common to progressive thinkers. But what think the Cynthia McKinneys of the world don’t get is the fact that, since the model-T, really, the easie of transportation in the modern world has made it so that individuals increasingly think of themselves as individuals. It might be wise to strip large companies of the some of thei rpowers

  4. clay

    …powers and immunities, and it might be a good idea to stop sending hundreds of millions of US dollars overseas to defend other countries. But her whole worldview is not that of someone who could be effective in anexecutive position in domestic politics. She doesn’t seem to really want to make life better for people in the US. This is probably why she did so poorly in 2008. She wasn’t running for president. She was ruinning for ambassador.

  5. clay

    The Green Party’s got to get over her and find someone who’s more like Nader on policy issues to be its standard bearer – someone seems actually interested in making life better for Americans.

  6. Not so wonderful ctweber ......... Lake

    clay // May 31, 2010:
    “…….. I can’t stand McKinney …….. I think my biggest criticisms exist because she just doesn’t seem to care as much about what’s going on on her native soil as she does about what happens overseas ………..”

    [ One of my top twenty gripes about many of the socialists / feminists I have known. Like ctweber, married for a former Soviet Citizen. She is a great gal whom is often confounded with his love of all things Communist and is openly contemptuous of his focus on things out side of North America. And Socialism ….. ctweber loves the collective ‘People’ more than individual persons. ‘Tis a puzzlement! ]

  7. Not so wonderful Israel Firsters ......... Lake

    8 responses so far ?

    *1 Ian Wilder // May 31, 2010:

    ‘ I have long taken issue with the use if the word “Zionist” because of its widely varying meaning. Many Israeli supports use the term Zionist to describe people who support Israel’s right to exist ………..’


    In the last half decade I have developed strong feelings toward a sub division of broader, typical ‘Zionism’. Much of this has to do with the demise of the reform deform movement’s national blog and also the monthly print house organ over the Jewish massacre of American sailors of the non combatant USS Liberty.

    As a former Mid Western Southern Baptiste / Royal Ambassador / Eagle Scout I had personally visited Israel thrice before turning 25.

    Does the Israeli nation have a right to exist and not be run over ????????? Sure!

    Does the Israeli people, culture, society, and or government have a need and right to assert itself ????? Sure!

    Do hypocritical agents provocateur claiming to be American patriots and to represent United States values for Americans get to run the freight train of what ever temporal Judaic government then exists over the obvious needs of Americans and America ?????????

    Not on Memorial Day, and not on any day that I am around and lucid and have enough energy to shout the Bastards (John Dennis Coffey, John Blare, John Bambey, Valli Sharpe Geisler, others) down!

  8. Zero Party Revolution

    Shutup Clay, yourr a moron. Cynthia willl run for President in 2012 as an independent and will win, beginning the destruction of political parties.

    Mobilize the youth! Free Palestine!

  9. States Have No Rights

    Does the Israeli nation have a right to exist and not be run over ?

    No nation has “a right to exist.” Only individuals have rights. And the individuals living within a state’s borders have the right to vote the government or state out of existence.

    Does the Israeli people, culture, society, and or government have a need and right to assert itself ?

    By Israeli people, do you mean Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom live under Israeli state jurisdiction, including in Gaza and the West Bank?

    Or when you say “Israeli” do you mean only Jewish, such that Jewish Israelis have a right to assert their “culture, society, and or government” in a way that prevents the non-Jews from getting too numerous or powerful, and voting away their state?

    The Gazan Arabs live under Israeli State jurisdiction. They have a human right to invite foreigners into their homes. But the Israeli State won’t allow it. The Gazans and the West Bank Arabs are entitled to citizenship and a vote in the Israeli State that runs their lives.

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