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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cynthia McKinney Speaks from Tripoli

May 22 2011
last update June 6 2011


Not the best messenger as far as the conditioned masses will be concerned (especially now considering this, and the last line), but personally, I like her and I of course applaud what she's doing.

(CNN) -- A former U.S. congresswoman slammed U.S. policy on Libyan state TV late Saturday and stressed the "last thing we need to do is spend money on death, destruction and war."

The station is fiercely loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and her interview was spliced with what appeared to be rallies in support of the embattled Libyan leader.

"I think that it's very important that people understand what is happening here. And it's important that people all over the world see the truth. And that is why I am here ... to understand the truth," former Rep. Cynthia McKinney said during a live interview.

She said she was invited to Libya by the "nongovernmental organization for fact-finding," adding that she intends to bring more people to the country soon so that "they too can understand."

NATO warplanes have been pounding military targets since March after the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to protect civilians by any means necessary, as Gadhafi's forces try to quash a nearly three-month revolt against the leader's roughly 42 years of rule.

Gadhafi's government has repeatedly urged the international community to send fact-finding teams to Libya to report what's happening on the ground.

At one point during the interview, state TV cut to what it said were live airstrikes, hitting Gadhafi's compound.

"Is that a bomb?" McKinney asked.

"I want to say categorically and very clearly that these policies of war ... are not what the people of the United States stand for, and it's not what African-Americans stand for," she told state TV.

The former Georgia representative also slammed the economic policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and said the government of the United States no longer represents the interests of the American people.

"Under the economic policies of the Obama administration, those who have the least are losing the most. And those who have the most are getting even more," she said. "The situation in the United States is becoming more dire for average ordinary Americans, and the last thing we need to do is to spend money on death, destruction and war."

Separately, McKinney appeared on state-run Press TV this week in Iran. She was reported to be in Tehran attending the International Conference on Global Alliance Against Terrorism for a Just Peace.

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  1. Cynthia McKinney is the best US friend that Libya has. She is an outstanding truth teller. Such a contrast to all the so called progressive groups that have been completely blindsided by the US Psychological Operations concerning Libya aimed at the US public.

    I can only hope that other brave souls like her will follow in her footsteps and see for themselves what is really happening in Libya.... an immoral, illegal and preemptive war against a sovereign nation. George Orwell predicted these wars without end that requires a constant rewriting of what is actually taking place in a given war.

    Shame on the UN for acting as a proxy for these crimes against humanity. Shame on NATO for it's mission creep of out right war while at the same time denying mission creep. Shame on the International Criminal Court for attacking the Libyan leaders without conducting an investigation. No one remembers that Muammar Gaddafi charged Bin Laden with crimes against humanity when Bin Laden attempted to have Libyan leaders murdered. Shame on Obama for his part in this latest round of a neo-colonial invasion of another African Nation. Any day now I expect to see the French Foreign Legion drenching the sand with Libyan blood. The blowback for these crimes against humanity will help expose the Western colonial mindset that is responsible for this terrible war.

  2. Carl, quite well-put. You raise too many good points for me to do justice with a detailed response. You also remind me to embed the video of her apperance there, on a station with a news set that looks one from like a late-night TV psychic hotline infomercial.

    Thanks for the comment, and feel free to contribute more. Or if you have enough ambition, I'm accepting contributions for actual posts ...


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