Where does one begin, in trying to make sense of the mutterings of former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who put her rabidly anti-Israel, anti-American sentiments on display last nightÂ in anÂ interviewÂ with Amy Goodman, the hardcore radical who hostsÂ the leftist forum Democracy Now?
McKinney recently returned to the U.S. from the Middle East,Â where, at the request of her friendsÂ at Free Gaza–a coalition of anti-Israel groups whose stated aim is to draw attention to the Jewish stateâ€™s â€œtransgressionsâ€ against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other such terrorist organizations–she and a small band of 20 fellow activists attempted to sail through an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza region.
In her interview with Goodman,Â McKinneyÂ offered a moving yet totally fictional account of a peaceful Gazan populace that was being systematically starved and abused by the Israeli military’s blockade of its (Hamas-ruled) territory. This blockade, said McKinney, constitutes â€œa gross injustice that is being carried out every dayâ€ in violation of â€œthe human rights of the Palestinian people.â€ â€œOf course the world saw Operation Cast Lead [Israelâ€™s bombardment of Hamas strongholds that began last December],â€ McKinney elaborated, â€œwhere the United States-supplied F-16s, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, cluster bombs â€¦ were rained down on the defenseless people of Gaza,â€ resulting in their â€œcomplete and utter devastation.â€
McKinney made no mention of the fact that Operation Cast Lead wasÂ carried out in an effort toÂ thwart the ceaseless barrage of rockets that Hamas and its terrorist comrades had been launching with impunity into southern Israel for many months.
Free Gaza, the coalition under whose auspices McKinney made her trek to Gaza, includes, as one of itsÂ member organizations, the International Solidarity Movement — a terrorist-sympathizing group that openly cooperates withÂ Hamas,Â Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and otherÂ groups whose sole aim is the complete destruction of the State of Israel.
What Free Gaza wanted from McKinney and her entourageÂ was to have them try to sail through Israel’s naval blockade to deliver “humanitarian supplies,” thereby drawing world attention to a supposed oppressor’s brutal tactics of subjugation (or, to paraphrase Orwell’s sheep in Animal Farm, “Palestine gooood, Israel baaaad“). This was the second time that McKinney has attempted to do this; on neither occasion did her stunts gain much traction in the media.
The Israelis seized McKinney’s ship after it ignored radio transmissions ordering it toÂ turn around, and announced that they wouldÂ free the crew and passengers after processing them. That could have been the end of it. But, true toÂ form, McKinney and her cohortsÂ quickly became belligerent. When they refused toÂ sign Israeli deportation forms, they wereÂ arrested and held in jail until they couldÂ be formally deported by an Israeli judge.
“The Israelis hijacked us because we wanted to give crayons to the children of Gaza,” was how McKinney characterized the incident.
Interesting assessment, but don’t spend too much time trying to understand it. It really isn’t worth the effort. Amy Goodman, for one, accepted it without question.
Incidentally, McKinney will be happy to know that the Israelis have generously offered to deliver any crayons that they find on the ship to Hamas for distribution.