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Cynthia McKinney: Citizen action to stop the bombing of Africa

July 15, 2011

by Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney protests the bombing of Libya at a press conference held in front of the Atlanta office of Congressman John Lewis, who voted against the war in Libya but did not vote to cut off the president’s funding. This vote essentially allows for the continued bombing, which Cynthia McKinney, a former presidential candidate, and many other African Diaspora leaders, such as Brother A. Akbar Muhammad, who also spoke, strongly oppose. – Photo: African Diaspora in USA
A hearty group of protesters representing several community organizations showed up recently to protest the vote of civil rights icon and member of Congress from Atlanta, John Lewis. The congressman interrupted his schedule and heard the frustrations of his constituents who are outraged at the quiescence of Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in light of President Obama’s policy to bomb Africa.

As we were meeting with the congressman, President Obama was addressing the country on national television defending his actions in Libya. The congressman reiterated his antipathy to war by saying that “war is obsolete.” The group asked the congressman to be unequivocal in future votes and deny funding for President Obama’s current wars.

Incredibly, President Obama in his speech demeaned national and congressional concern for his war policy as “fuss” by saying, “A lot of this fuss is politics.” I think those of us who want our country to work for peace should let this president know what “fuss” really looks like.

Below are my remarks at our press conference. Below that, see what the president calls “fuss.” Our concern is a matter of life and death for the people of Libya who deserve to be able to exercise their rights without the shock and awe of NATO bombs and missiles.

Cynthia McKinney’s remarks at the press conference on the war against Libya held in Atlanta in front of Congressman John Lewis’ district office

At a time when the American people have been asked to tighten their belts, teachers are receiving pink slips, the vital statistics of the American people reveal a health care crisis in the making and the U.S. government is in serious threat of default, our president and Congress have decided that a new war, this time against the people of Libya, is appropriate.

Members of African Diaspora in USA joined Cynthia McKinney’s Dignity Delegation, which had just returned from a fact-finding tour in Libya, for a press conference at Rep. John Lewis’ office in Atlanta. – Photo: African Diaspora in USA
This comes at a time when the U.S., by one estimate, spends approximately $3 billion per week for war against Iraq and Afghanistan. The president and Congress continue to fund the war against Libya despite the fact that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the U.S. has no strategic interest in Libya, the senate chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence admits that the U.S. really does not know who the “rebels” are and while the rebels themselves, according to a Telegraph report of March 25, 2011, admit that Al Qaeda elements are among their ranks.

So while the apparatus of our government has been used for over 10 years to inform the American people and the global community that Al Qaeda is an enemy of freedom-loving people all over the world, our president chooses to ally our military with none other than Al Qaeda elements in Libya and other people who U.S. intelligence say they do not know.

Additionally, U.S. Adm. Locklear admitted to a member of Congress that one of NATO’s missions was to assassinate Muammar Qaddafi. And indeed, NATO bombs have killed Qaddafi’s son and three grandchildren, just as U.S. bombs in 1986 killed his daughter. NATO bombs just recently killed the grandchildren of one of Qaddafi’s associates in a targeted assassination attempt.

Targeted assassination is not within the scope of the United Nations Security Council Resolution and targeted assassination is against U.S. law, international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Targeted assassination is also a crime. We certainly cannot encourage others to abide by the law when we so openly break it.

Targeted assassination is a crime. We certainly cannot encourage others to abide by the law when we so openly break it.

While in Libya, I witnessed NATO’s targeting of civilians: NATO bombs and missiles landed in residential neighborhoods, hit schools, exploded near hospitals, destroyed parts of the public broadcasting infrastructure and narrowly missed killing students at Al Fateh University. When civilians are targeted in war, or “low kinetic” activities, crimes are committed.

NATO practices in Libya are exactly like Israel’s practices in Gaza: Fishermen are killed as they go about their fishing business, a naval blockade allows arms to flow to NATO’s Libyan allies but stops food, fuel and medicine from entering non-NATO ally-held areas. The entire population suffers as a result. Collective punishment is illegal when Israel practices it against the people of Gaza and collective punishment is illegal when NATO practices it.

Collective punishment is illegal when Israel practices it against the people of Gaza and collective punishment is illegal when NATO practices it.

NATO and hyperbolic press accounts have introduced a kind of race hatred that the Libyan people have been trying hard to erase. Approximately 50 percent of Libya looks like me. Innocent, darker skinned Libyans have been targeted, tortured, harassed and killed.

NATO and hyperbolic press accounts have introduced a kind of race hatred that the Libyan people have been trying hard to erase. Approximately 50 percent of Libya looks like me.

The people of Libya have the right to self-determination. They have a right to “resource nationalism.” They have a right to live in peace. They have a right to determine their future and they need not exercise their rights underneath the shock and awe of NATO bombs and missiles.

U.S.- and NATO-supported Libyan ‘rebels’ lynching a Black man

I guess this is what President Obama would call low kinetic military activity.

Lige Daniels is lynched on Aug. 3, 1920, in Center, Texas, the county seat near East Liberty, where Bay View publisher Willie Ratcliff was born and raised.
Libyan "rebels" backed by the U.S. and NATO lynch a Black man in Benghazi, reversing the progress Libya, which is 50 percent Black, has made toward interracial solidarity.
The U.S. corporate media and the U.S. government continue to methodically hide from the public the fact that the Libyan rebels they are supporting are raping, mutilating and brutally murdering Black Africans within Libya. The rebels are not who they say they are. They are brutal, racist killers who are being supported by the U.S. government and its corporate media minions. The video below is an example.

For news from, by and about Cynthia McKinney, former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, check these websites: http://dignity.ning.com/, http://www.enduswars.org, http://www.livestream.com/dignity, http://www.twitter.com/dignityaction, http://www.myspace.com/dignityaction, http://www.myspace.com/runcynthiarun, http://www.twitter.com/cynthiamckinney, http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney and http://www.youtube.com/runcynthiarun. subscribe to her email list, go to http://lists.allthingscynthiamckinney.com/listinfo.cgi/updates-allthingscynthiamckinney.com.

 

11 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney: Citizen action to stop the bombing of Africa

  1. moe

    For God's sake get to know the facts on the ground before you start writing.Targeted assassination is a crime ! What about the thousands of Libyans that have been killed by this tyrant, the countless number of lives destroyed and the wasted future and well being of millions of Libyans not to mention the squandering of Libyan wealth on the whims of this maniac while Libyans remained poor and ignorant. The real crime is for the world to have ignored him for so long..Gaddafi has not only hurt us as Libyans and perhaps irreparably put us back 40 years but he has also managed to kill Westerners and de-stabilize neighboring countries. He has brought down airliners and can undoubtedly be labeled a terrorist by any reasonably intelligent human being. Use your good name for a worthwhile cause and not to assist this maniac in further hurting Libya and the world. I trust that the world would be a better place without him around.

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  2. Ash

    "He has brought down airliners and can undoubtedly be labeled a terrorist by any reasonably intelligent human being"

    Just allegations by the same vested interests that has never been proved in a court of a neutral country. And targeted assassination is a crime. Period.

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  3. moe

    I guess Scottish law is neither neutral nor impartial or for that matter French law on the UTA Airliner. You have never had your family imprisoned nor tortured like we did You have never had to endure the suffering Libyans have had to for the past 40 years. If you love him so much go try him out for a few years , I trust you will come to the realization that ignorance is unbecoming of an honorable person such as Cynthia Mckinney and perhaps yourself.

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  4. SekemetKali

    One thing for sure is that a dictator or ancient remnant of a King is seen and talked about much differently than a President who is more or less a puppet of the established regime to continue to carry out their plan without upsetting the people. So this corruption that is happening all over the world seems to appear to be a bit more evident in a person or government that has been in power for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years. I still believe in Power to the People will resolve all of this as Chiefs and Chieftess begin to take control of their own family and natural resources. Government is always going to use the land and natural resources that belong to all of us for their own benefit first so you either love them or hate them. What really gets me is this so-called First Black President of the United States has not made one mention that I have heard about these rebel lynchings while he continues to bomb Africa for the interest of the United States Government New World Order foreign policy. Africans and people of color, including white people are being raped, killed and forced off land that they have a right to all over the world with various weapons, schemes or straight out genocide. It always looks like something different until it happens to you. Violence will never resolve violence but we all have a right to stand up for our rights and defend ourselves. We are going backwards people. But the world is over anyways so I hope we go way back to the golden age when men didn't lie and truth was praised. KALI Rules

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    1. moe

      The president in the white house is an honorable man and the people you refer to as animals are also. I may call you an animal also but animals are way better than you.

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      1. stanely

        The audacity of bombing Africa is his next book coming out by this tom in the white's house he'll be signing it with all his arab slave trader buddies in Benghazi.

        @moe
        Keep shilling for the west and their client mercenary barbarian dogs.

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  5. Tundanonga

    French bombs killing Afrikans in Ivory Coast. Nato bombs killing Libyans and destroying Libya. The National Council of Traitors lynching Afrikan Libyans and Afrikans: ethnic cleasing, but the so called international community is doing nothing!

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  6. "GT"

    She might even be the dumbest person outside congress. If there were ever a global championship for idiots, the country could send her there. And leave her there; because unlike Lassie, she wouldn’t be able find her way back on her own.Mckinney would possibly be a US security threat if she actually knew anything besides being an ignorant moron

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