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Cynthia McKinney: We are now under attack in Tripoli!

June 7, 2011

by Cynthia McKinney

“Waves of NATO war planes have repeatedly struck Tripoli in the most sustained daylight bombardment of the Libyan capital yet. By the afternoon, air raids were hitting parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, smashing buildings, rattling windows and sending clouds of grey smoke into the sky,” reports the London Mail June 7. – Photo: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA, Rex Features
June 7, 2011 – It is now 1:10 in the afternoon and as the daily life in Tripoli unfolds that includes teachers, staff and children at school, shopkeepers working in their businesses, streetsweepers sweeping the streets, people moving to and fro in cars, on bicycles and on foot, Tripoli has thus far since around 11:00 up to now, received at least 29 bombs.

Interestingly, the efforts of the Washington Post, New York Times, Associated Press and others to portray Libya’s claims on the bombings as “absurd” are patently false and are merely efforts to defend in the court of public opinion the indefensible bombing of civilians going about their lives in a heavily populated area.

The Washington Post headlined, “Libya government fails to prove claims of NATO casualties,” and the Los Angeles Times headline blared, “Libya officials put a spin on a conflict.” These bombs and missiles are not falling in empty spaces: People are all over Tripoli going about their lives just as in any other major metropolitan city of about 2 million people.

These bombs and missiles are not falling in empty spaces. Tripoli is a major metropolitan city of about 2 million people.

Meanwhile, NATO has a spin machine of its own: NATO says it is making “significant progress” in protecting Libyan civilians. “What we did target was the military intelligence headquarters in downtown Tripoli,” the alliance said.

Journalists saw the bombed remains of Libya’s Parliament Building on a June 5 press tour in Tripoli. – Photo: Ahmad Jadallah, Reuters
I am currently with a delegation of former MPs (members of Parliament) and professors from France who are here in Tripoli on a fact-finding mission. The program for today was to visit the camps of internally displaced persons in this part of the country.

However, we are not able to complete our program while Tripoli is under attack. I will do my best to visit some of the areas bombed today when and if this attack lets up.

What were you doing today between 1:00 and now? The people of Tripoli endure the trauma of repeated bombings in their immediate environment.

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18 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney: We are now under attack in Tripoli!

  1. Chris

    You are aware that live ammunition by the Libyan government is being used on protesters in tripoli right now?

  2. Huda Gharyani

    Please stop bombing Libya and destroying Africa's highest GDP per capita income country. Stop bombing civilians and schools and civlian infrastructure. Stop the lies and media propaganda about Libyan National Army destroying Libya. The only rape, murder, killing and lynchings are being done by Al Qaeda militias loyal to the CIA and who were fighting Allied forces but have now been bought by the CIA. The CIA did the same during 1980s propping and arming and financing the Mujahedeen against the Soviet Union which later became the Taliban and Usama Bin Laden destroyed the World TRade Center and the Pentagon. Stop trusting the insidious lies that are being broadcast on BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera about human rights violations by Libyan Army. Libya is a progresive economy with free education, healthcare and housing for most Libyans. Save innocent lives in Libya, stop the murder of women children and innocent Libyans. Stop the NATO war.

  3. Richard

    I see the original colonizing nations and enslavers of black Africans for profit along withe neo colonizing U.S.A Are extending the same freedoms and right to life they assured the natives of America whose land they stole and systematically murdered! Beware of Euro Yankee freedom by cruise missile over three hundred fired at one point five million a pop now just how many Americans without health care would this provide for… to liberate little Bathsheeba and Muhammad of life.

    1. John Owens

      The surprising part of the attack on Libya is President Obama's role in the vicious war on Libya. While they are attempting to overthrow a progressive African leader, while
      Africans are being bombed, Mr. Obama who ordered the attacks goes searching for his white roots in Ireland. What an irony.

    1. John Owens

      blhfish You do not know what you are talking about.

      Even if you have ever stepped out of your comfort zone wherever that my be, and I suppose its in the US, you are one of those who close their eyes to human suffering.

      Cynthia McKinney is the real hero, not those who are fighting an unjust war, an unprovoked war.

      If your town were being bombed as Tripoli is being bombed, you would not say that about Cynthia Mckinney. Where is your conscience?

    2. jay_diggity

      Explain what makes her a traitor? What is she doing exactly? Besides covering the story? Is it because shes not saying what lame stream media says? Because she doenst like seeing innocent people over seas turned into jelly and set on fire so a few wealthy americans can profit?

      Maybe because she is a woman and if offends your MANLINESS that she and not you had the balls to do what needs to be done and champion the TRUTH and not what the chain of command says is the truth?

    3. Barb kruse

      yes she is she is absurd and ridiculous shut the hell up lady .. this is treason at its finest and Martin Luther would be ashamed of you beyond words ,,,

  4. John Owens

    All who love justice should raise their voices in condemning the attacks on Libya. Now is the time to protest this inhuman assaults on a sovereign African nation. Do not do this.

    The war to destroy Muammar Gadhafi is unjust. Gadhafi says he will not allow himself to be deported from a country he has faithfully built for 40 decades.

    Unlike some greedy African leaders, Gadhafi has truthfully built Libya into the most prosperous nation in Africa. Leave this man alone.

    1. blhfish

      Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Libya under Gaddafi was considered a pariah state by the Western nations,[10][11] which alleged oppression of internal dissidence, acts of state-sponsored terrorism, assassinations of expatriate opposition leaders, and crass nepotism exhibited in amassing a multi-billion-dollar fortune for himself and his family.[12]

  5. John

    Over forty years ago Gaddafi overthrew a Saudi style regime which had kept the Libyan people in poverty while the regime enjoyed the privilege and wealth which oil money brings. Gaddafi declared that the revenue from oil sales would now be used to benefit all the Libyan people and transformed Libya from a third world country into a modern vibrant state. Ordinary Libyans then had a standard of living which on the continent of Africa was equalled only by white South Africans. The so called rebels in Libya are a mixture of the families of the former privileged and various mercenary groups paid for by western nations who resent having to pay realistic prices for Libyan oil. That is why Gaddafi is so loved in Libya, a man of the people.

  6. sthorntontaylor

    Cynthia, question number 1. Did your trip only include western Libya? If so, were you escorted the entire time while on your trip? I find it hard to believe that all journalists are sequestered in their hotels, but you are allowed to visit camps of internally displaced people without government escort. Question 2, Why is your coverage of Libya only concerned with what Western powers are doing? Why are you not also showing the progresses of pro-democracy opposition to Gaddafi. You claim that a "revolution is waiting to happen" in each of us. So why then are you not covering the revolution that is happening in Libya? Gaddafi is not a saint of a socialist paradise, period! You want to aid in the promotion of democracy cover every progress that the pro-democracy forces have made in every city and town in Libya. Through noting what you have left out a picture of what you support becomes clear. Yes the western invasion was wrong and civilians have died, but if you try to show that because of this Gaddafi should remain in power you have undermined the sacrifice of those who have died for real democracy, minimized the risk they continue to take, and dishonor the work of all those fighting for real change. Think hard, do you want to come down on the side of liberty and solidarity or political correctness and ideology?

  7. stanley

    are you people dumb or something? so you can say in your heart that this evil and greedy man has not been killing his own people. do all of you bloggers here ever have a conscience. as a black person, i am ashed of you people. we should be the ones fighting for peoples right not supporting the oppressor called Gaddafi. how do you justify ruling a country for almost 42 years with iron fist hand. that thing called Cynthia McKinney has taken some money from Gaddafi and is here spewing hatred. i hope she moves an lives with Gaddafi where ever he finds himself or she can do him a favor and marry him.

    1. John Owens

      Stanley you are typical… who only watches TV and goes by what the propaganda machine wants you to believe.
      I dare you to begin reading and traveling outside of this box. When you do start reading and traveling, open your eyes and your mind. You will notice things that will amaze you.

      How many executions were carried out in the United States this year? You don't know.
      How many of those who are executed in the US are minorities? You do not know.
      How many people does China execute per year? You do not know
      That's why you think people are only executed in Libya.

      In cultures either than what you only know, people rule for life, not only 42 years.
      How many years has the Queen been reigning in England?
      Do you know Libya too has an elected Prime Minister who is not Gadhafi? You do not know.

      What is wrong with Gadhafi ruling for 42 years when he is one of the best rulers on a continent where leaders often invest their nations resources in personal accounts in foreign resources.

      Does it matter what you accuse Cynthia McKinney of doing? Cynthia McKinney is fighting for the truth.

      Are you afraid of the truth?

    2. jay_diggity

      uh no. Killing his own people according to who? The main stream media? Theyre nothing more than an echo chamber for the banksters and the military industrial complex.

      Libya had FREE HEALTHCARE and FREE EDUCATION to the PHD level. Our big and bad country couldnt even think about such a thing. WHY? Because theres no profit!

      You dont have to drink the cool aid everyday Stan. Take a break put on your shades and SEE the world for what it really is.

  8. jay_diggity

    Please stop BOMBING libya my COUNTRY. We dont have to bomb other countries JUST because they have FREE health care and FREE education.

    I know it must be a sin to the NWO that people can get educated for FREE. It must be incorrigeable to think that someone can get an education and not be in debt up to their eyeballs for the entire life.

    Cynthia McKinney is a REAL american who is risking MORE than just her STATURE. Shes got more guts than many and is putting her life on the line to defend REAL people overseas. Victims of OUR bloodthirsty rampage in the world.

    Obama isnt even a US citizen! Why is HE in command of anything in this country? Because the mainstream medias MIGHTY pen is impotent. The printing press was supposed to set us FREE but now I see its only used to enslave us 24 hours a day.


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